Believe it or not, Jason Cichonski's Ela has been open a year already, and they're celebrating the milestone all weekend long with a special tasting menu. It's not cheap, though. For $111 (in honor of their opening date), diners will experience a 7-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and a complimentary flute of champagne to start off the meal. Cichonski has pulled out all the stops for the tasting menu, which is stacked with luxury ingredients from top to bottom.
In the year Ela has been open, Jason Cichonski scored a 3-bell review from Craig LaBan (which is rare for debut restaurants), won "Best Appetizer" at Philly Cooks 2012, was the founder of Philly's very successful Foie Friday, and was named Hottest Chef right here on Eater.
Speaking of being hot, the restaurant itself looks pretty spectacular, and is up for the title of Stone Cold Stunner in this year's Eater Awards.
Passion fruit, black olive, white chocolate
Apple-guava, gingersnap, endive
Diver scallop noodles
Coddled egg, pesto, blood orange
Porcini pasta, celery root, Brussels sprouts
Red cabbage, oyster mushrooms, truffle
Whisky cherries, brown butter
Warm marshmallow soup
Soft chocolate, cider-poached butternut squash