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Best Contemporary & Fusion in Philadelphia

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Alma De Cuba

If you can't afford a trip to Cuba, walk into this restaurant instead—from the menu to the decor, all offer flavors of Cuba. Also make sure you walk in with an appetite. The forerunner of this restaurant is Chef Douglas Rodriguez, labeled by People magazine as, "... Superchef Makes Latin Food Haute Haute Haute". Along with a wide range of tempting appetizers like Smoked Marlin (rum-cured and served in malanga boats with pickled jalapenos), the menu features Ceviche. Entrees include Vaca Frita 'Fried Cow', Chilean Sea Bass and many more interesting dishes. Dig into the award-winning Chocolate Cigar or the Chocolate Flan, which is served with caramelized bananas. The extensive wine list adds to the dining experience.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Talula's Garden

Talula's Garden is a cozy, modern American restaurant in Washington Square West. With its lively outdoor planter boxes and patio, fancy pink granite cheese bar, the restaurant has a touch of romance and gives out a positive vibe, immediately putting you at ease. From the most wonderfully curated cheese plates to the rustic deliciousness of their food, everything is fresh and local. Their full service bar serves varied cocktails, beer and wine.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Serpico

A venture between restaurateur Stephen Starr and award-winning chef Peter Serpico, this Queen Village restaurant lives up to its big-name hype. The menu is inspired by the seasons and utilizes the freshest produce to offer such creations as Beef Consomme, Caper Brined Trout, Wagyu Chuck Flap and Egg Custard and Caviar. The restrained dessert menu offers just four specialties, and includes Yuzu Curd and Toasted Apple Cake. The wine list is fairly diverse and offers excellent pairing options. The striking restaurant interiors feature a bold black scheme, with the walls acting as boards for menu items. A shiny open-plan kitchen sits at one end of the room, while on the other end, is a bar, where you can enjoy cocktails. Check website for more.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Crêperie Beau Monde

If French cuisine is something your taste buds comprehend well, then Creperie Beau Monde will become the love of your life in no time. Buckwheat crepes, salads, sandwiches and other delights feature on the menu. The food served is healthy and of good quality. Since France is known for all things romantic, this eatery is not left behind. A great date spot with a fireplace and an outdoor patio, this spot is the perfect place to impress someone special. They also have Cabaret performers for you.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Marigold Kitchen BYOB

For more than seven decades now, the Marigold Kitchen BYOB has been a local favorite, serving contemporary cuisine. The appreciation by the Philadelphia Magazine in 2005 stands testimony to the popularity of this place. Earlier known as Marigold Tea Room, this BYOB, now serves modern American cuisine. You could start your three course meal with Braised Squid or the lip-smacking Tuna Carpaccio served with Pickled Mango. Proceed with a Stuffed Chicken Breast that comes with apples and Bacon or glazed carrots and crispy lentils to munch on with Pork Loin. They serve a selection of 3 or 5 cheeses for dessert. You can also ask them to arrange casual or business lunches for you. The restaurant opens Tuesdays-Sundays from 5:30 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Azie

Asian flavors take a global sojourn at this stunning restaurant located in Villanova. The talented chef Kazuyuki Mitsui excels at blending the spirited flavors of the Asian palate with the subtle European flavors while still maintaining the integrity of the dish. With influences ranging from France to Italy, the food here is unlike anything you may have experienced earlier. Sushi is the restaurant's specialty and missing it would be a sin. The drinks menu is diverse and ranges from beer and wine to an excellent selection of sake and other spirits. The contemporary dining room is an extremely classy affair with contemporary touches ranging from the textured walls to the beautiful lanterns and thoughtful lighting choices to enhance them. The beautifully laid out outdoor area presents a slightly more casual, yet elegant option for dining. The place to be for a contemporary Asian meal.

Radnor Township, PA, United States
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Nectar

Featuring a French-Asian menu and décor to match, this trendy restaurant is popular for the fusion dishes it offers. A giant silk screen of the Buddha greets you at the Nectar as you enter; the menu features items, such as Dark & Tender Baby Back Ribs & Pork Pot Stickers. It'll be good if you have company while feasting on the food here as many of the dishes are meant for the table to share. Chef Patrick Feury makes it a point to use the freshest of ingredients available. What's more? The hand-picked mushrooms are imported from Montana and fish from Asia, Hawaii and Europe. There is a late night menu as well, with sushi as the predominant item.

Berwyn, PA, United States
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