With a full summer under its belt, Philippe Chin French-Asian Bistro and Deck Bar is hitting its stride heading into fall.
Beyond being good marketing and reflective of authentic French restaurant cuisine, Chin has chosen some really fine, creative stuff this summer season. Like his Tuesday night plate, sautéed skate wing presented simply with lemon and capers in a brown butter sauce. If you love seafood and haven’t sampled skate, you are missing out on something special. With a firm white texture and virtually devoid of any “fishy” aroma, it eats like flounder’s more sophisticated cousin.
Thursdays Chin serves up a genuine article directly from his homeland — salade Nicoise. His unwavering version surrounds seared tuna with haricots verts, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, Nicoise olives and hardboiled egg. Other current nightly additions include coq au vin, duck confit, coquille St. Jacques, boeuf au poivre and Provencal-style braised lamb.
Chin allows that with the imminent approach of autumn, he anticipates rotating in more braises, subbing items like lamb shank, boeuf Bourgigone and the country French meat/bean stew cassoulet.
The best part of these offerings is their austerity, priced at a mere $22 each. After just more than four months, the restaurant has now begun to reflect Chin’s overall mission.
“I want to deliver that this is a beautiful place, that it is not a special occasion, it’s every day,” he says. “Everyone feels comfortable.”
Philippe Chin French-Asian Bistro and Deck Bar
Address: 800 Bay Ave., Somers Point
Phone: 926-3500 On the Web: philippechin.com
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