Sunday, February 04, 2007
Before I left Philadelphia for the holidays, Alison and I had a little happy hour get together at Azure in Northern Liberties. Azure has a terrific happy hour, small plates are half off (get the Greek plate, the hummus and feta are awesome and you get stuffed grape leaves too), and drinks are discounted as well. So while we were there for happy hour, we noticed a sign for a special than ran throughout January "2 Entrees and a pitcher or beer or bottle of wine for $30". Sounded like a pretty sweet deal and of course we forgot to go until the very end of the month, but we made it in time.
Alison had the steak, served with mashed potatoes and grilled carrots and asparagus and a mushroom reduction sauce. She ordered it medium rare and it came out rare. Alison was okay with this, she secretly likes it, but would never really order it that way. But I think if I had ordered it, I would have sent it back as undercooked.
I had the scallop ravioli with Provencal tomato sauce, a very light sauce with basil, olive oil, tomatoes and garlic. It was a pretty dish, though my picture doesn't do it justice. To be honest, the pasta was a little gummy and the cheese inside was hard to identify, but the scallop was cooked well and the sauce was very flavorful.
We decided we'd rather drink wine than beer, and had two choices, a Merlot and a savaugion blanc. While I almost never enjoy Merlot, we went with the red because in general we both enjoy red wine over white, and it was actually pretty tasty with both of our meals. I know that screw top wine is actually the best way in which to store wine, but I have trouble overcoming associating screw top wine with cheap wine, so when the bottle first came to the table I was like, "uh oh". But in the end it was very nice and a totally satisfying and reasonably priced meal for both of us. The January special is over now, but I heard a rumor that it will continue as a Monday and Tuesday night special every week.
931 N 2nd Street (between Laurel & Poplar)
Philadelphia, PA 19123-2326
Phone: (215) 629-0500