It’s the newest craze in Old City’s plethora of fine dining.
The moment you walk through the doors, you’ll realize Tangerine is the place to eat!
The atmosphere at Tangerine is pure serenity. Upon opening the
door, a pathway of pebbles and candles guide the way. Entering
through the dim lighting and approaching a tall, black counter, one will feel
as if they should drop a password. With no secret lingo required, diners are
graciously greeted and shown to their table.
There is a wall illuminated with fifty glowing
white candles. Delicate, silk and sheer tapestries flow from the ceilings
in soft fuchsias and rich maroons. Soft, light images reflect on rugs,
tables and ceilings, creating a fantasy-like atmosphere. Seating options include
nestling in a booth, with numerous pillows of satin and shantung
fabrics, or “melting” in a creamy leather chair.
A candlelight dinner is served, providing the perfect
atmosphere to bring that special someone.
Since all food is served family style, there’s an excuse to eat
off each other’s plate. Begin by tasting an appetizer of pan-seared
shrimp in a pool of tomato coulis, with fresh mozzarella cheese coated in a
shredded phyllo blanket for $14.50. Other mouth watering appetizers include tuna tabouli for $12.50, harissa gnocchi at $8.50, and the most expensive, midnight
kiss priced at $48.
Two signature main course dishes at Tangerine’s are mustard-crusted tuna with curried lentils ($27) and Moroccan red spiced NewYork strip steak with roasted garlic potatoes($26.50).
Unique dishes of shrimp and scallops afrique ($26.50), crispy
casbah duck ($24.50), sultan’s lobster ($49), and filet mignon au poivre
($28.50), are just a few of the mouth watering seafood dishes.
If you can make it to dessert, everything on the menu looks scrumptious.
Ranging from tangerine chocolate cake ($8) and banana creme brulee ($7) to hazelnut shortbread ($7) and sorbets ($6.50), it won’t be hard not to indulge in something. The m’hanncha- snake dessert sounds deadly for only $7. It’s an almond filled phyllo with cinnamon ice cream, so be sure to save room!
There’s also an extensive wine list available, displaying dinner and
dessert wines along with champagne to accentuate the meal. Enticing, specialty
drinks with unique blends include marrakech express ($8),
a mix of vodka, kahlua and espresso. The la grande banane ($9),
a combination of banana puree, white Godiva chocolate liquor and rum also
appeal to the eye. Each of the mixed drinks is more unusual and tempting
than the next.
Tangerine will certainly impress you to no end. It’s the perfect place to go for those special occasions, and has a peaceful aura, trendy interior and gourmet cuisine that makes it hard to resist. Although it’s an expensive place to dine, it’s worth every penny and a nice alternate from the fast paced restaurants that have become commonplace.
Tangerine is located at 232 Market Street in Old City Philadelphia, near
the Pier at Penn’s Landing. Call 215-627-5116 for reservations.