Yehuda Sichel is heading out on his own after 10 years of working with Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook at Philly favorites Zahav and Abe Fisher. The chef is getting ready to open Huda, a gourmet sandwich shop in Rittenhouse with a menu that pulls from several different cuisines. According to the Inquirer, Huda should be up and running in about a month.
Sichel, who started his culinary career working in a Jewish deli as a teen, had been leading Abe Fisher, quietly one of the best restaurants in Philly, since it opened in 2014 with modern takes on Jewish classics.
The chef was already planning to move on from the restaurant pre-pandemic, the Inquirer reports. He gave notice in March, before restaurants in Philly were shut down, and got to work on Huda, which is going into what was most recently the Rittenhouse location of sushi burrito chain Hai Street, at 32 S. 18th Street (18th and Ranstead).
Sichel is baking the bread in-house at Huda for sandwiches like hamachi lox, nori cream cheese, and pickled cucumbers on grilled sourdough, grilled swordfish with napa cabbage slaw and kimchi tartar sauce on a milk bun, and crispy maitake mushrooms, tomato, mozzarella, avocado, and chipotle jam, also on a milk bun. There will be brisket too.
For now, the sandwich shop will be set up for takeout and delivery. On-premises dining will be added when dining rooms in Philly open back up.