For my final pre-holiday lunch, I met up with yet another friend and former colleague at The Dandelion, an English-themed restaurant in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia’s downtown. I’ve been there a few times before, including once for afternoon tea with my wife. But this was my first visit in a few years.
It was a fairly cold day, so the active fireplaces in both the downstairs and upstairs dining rooms were a welcome sight. The place was also decorated in seasonal fashion.
I took a shot of the raw oysters they have on ice before heading up to our table.
My friend Nancy started with the house salad, which included avocados. I ordered Welsh Rarebit, which I hadn’t had since I was in junior high school, where it would occasionally be served for lunch. Back then, it came as pieces of toast under a thick pool of cheese sauce. So when today’s order arrived at the table, I was surprised to see the whole grain mustard and cheddar sauce spread onto the thick toast in a thin layer. It tasted very good nonetheless.
While we both enjoyed our first course, the best was yet to come. In Nancy’s case, that was Fish ‘n Chips; the perfect Friday lunch. She gave me a nice-sized piece of the beer-battered cod to try and I would have to say it was up there with any fried fish I’ve ever eaten. The coating was nicely seasoned, while the fish was wonderfully light and tasted fantastic.
I ordered the aptly named Dandy Burger, which came topped with very high quality and thick cut bacon, lettuce, onions and pickles. I skipped the “Churchill Sauce” that it also normally comes with in spite of my adoration for the great former Prime Minister and hero of World War II. It was a perfect medium-rare, just as I had requested, and as you can see in one of the photos below, which I took after cutting off a piece of the burger for Nancy.
The fries – or chips – were not suited to my taste. I prefer them thinner.
All in all, it was an outstanding lunch with great company. I will cherish the memories of this and the other weekday lunches I’ve reported on over the past few months. After the New Year, I will start a new job, which will leave me with a lot less time for dining out and will also mean fewer blog posts per week.
In the meantime, I’ve got two more lunches to report on planned for next week.