Friday, May 18, 2007
I needed a drink after working Mother's Day Brunch at the Cafe. We just went around the block up 2nd street and landed at Azure. In reality we wanted to eat at North Third or Standard Tap instead, but both take a break on Sunday between Brunch and Dinner and we just couldn't wait an hour to eat, so Azure it was.
You should all know by now that I'm a big fan of mojitos and Azure makes a pretty tasty one. Usually I go for the traditional lime mojito, but on this lovely afternoon I opted for the mango flavored mojito and enjoyed it quite a bit. Marissa tried the pomegranate and Shannon stuck with the traditional lime. I took a sip of them all and I'd be happy with any one of them placed in front of me.
After working a hectic Mother's Day brunch we were all starving so we ordered some appetizers right away. Here are the vegetarian pot stickers($6), stuffed with spinach, onions and some other unrecognizable veggies, they're deep fried and served with a tangy orange/soy/sesame sauce.
We also couldn't resist the allure of the Chipotle Chicken Fajita Potato Skins ($10). They looked delicious, but ultimately I thought they were lacking any real flavor kick that I was expecting from the chipotle peppers, and came with the smallest teaspoon of guacamole to share amongst the three large potato skins. Liz and Marissa enjoyed them more than I did, so they can't be all bad.
Shannon ordered the Seitan Caesar Salad ($11) for her dinner and loved it. I had a bite of her seitan and I'd say it's some of the best I've had around Philly. Very nice texture and a real spicy kick at the end. The salad was built with hearts of romaine, garlic-Parmesan dressing, crumbled cotija cheese and warm polenta croutons.
Liz ordered the Spanakopita ($10) but upon one bite decided that wasn't what she was craving for dinner, so she ordered something else and we all had a few bites of the spinach pie. I thought it was pretty tasty, especially the crunchy Fillo dough top. Both Shannon and Liz agreed that the spinach tasted as though it was from a can. I can't say that I've ever knowingly had spinach from a can, but I like spinach in all it's imputations so it didn't bother me in the least.
Liz was much happier with her second attempt at dinner. She ordered the round steak topped with Roquefort which came with house mashed potatoes, caramelized onions and asparagus ($16).
Finally, I had the Greek Baked Shrimp ($15). Shrimp were baked with peppers, onions, Greek olives, white wine and feta cheese, then served with toasted bread. It was delicious, I just wish they had left the tails on the shrimp and not cut them up into little pieces, which I prefer to do myself.
Eat and drink at Azure. The mojito's are so good they ease any trouble.
931 N 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Between Laurel & Poplar