For Valentine’s Day this year, I asked to go to a fun, romantic dinner, just the two of us. Dave and I decided on POD, a Stephen Starr classic, featuring Dim Sum, Sushi, Pan-Asian dishes, and something I had never heard of: Robata…but more on that later.
There is one thing I have to order EVERY time I go to ANY Stephen Starr restaurant: Calamari Salad. This salad happens to have been featured on Best Thing I Ever Ate, and let me tell you, it’s so true.
The Calamari Salad at POD differs from some of the other restaurants because it is served tossed in a Lemongrass Dressing. It’s very light but flavorful and the spicy/citrus tang of the lemongrass pairs perfectly with the lightly breaded calamari.
Unsure of what else to order besides a sushi roll, I asked our server what he recommended. He told me about the Robata menu. Robata, for those of you who don’t know (we didn’t!) is a Japanese grill that reaches up to 1000 degrees, double that of a normal charcoal grill. The meat or veggies are grilled on skewers, lightly charring the outside but keeping the inside juicy and tender. He also let me know that POD is the only restaurant in Philly that has a Robata grill. Ding ding ding! The alarm immediately went off in my head, we HAD to get this!
We changed our order around (which ended up saving some money too!) and selected the Short Rib Robata served on two skewers with Truffle Miso sauce. O-M-G. I would go back to POD any day and order just this dish. It was perfect, I can’t even find the right words to describe it. YUM!
Dave and I agreed on ordering the Spicy Crunchy Yellowtail Roll, since it was one of the smaller ones. And- if you know anything about us you will understand why it just wasn’t an option when you hear that there was jalapeno and mango inside! MMM! The sushi was very fresh and thankfully didn’t have very much spicy sauce or crunchy on it.
Since we were ordering the Robata AND the sushi roll, we decided to order a side dish and a veggie instead of two entrees, saving us almost $50! We ordered the Crab Fried Rice (Jasmine Rice and Jumbo Lump Crabmeat) & Wok Roasted Baby Bok Choy served with Garlic Sauce.
The rice was amazing. Crabmeat was mixed throughout and every bite had crab in it. Using the jasmine rice makes it have a unique taste and it also lightened it up a little.
I was surprised to see the Bok Choy arrive at our table, I couldn’t believe how much was in one $6 serving! They were so yummy and we were happy this was all the food we ordered, because we were STUFFED!
Of course not too stuffed to order an unbelievable, creative dessert! We chose the Fluffernutter Spring Rolls. Just the name of the dessert is enough to swoon over. These spring rolls are stuffed with marshmallow fluff and peanut butter, served with a dark chocolate dipping sauce described by our server as “mandatory, not optional”. These rolls were heavenly as expected, and we were both REALLY stuffed afterwards.
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Valentine’s Day with Dahv!