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Posted by Jane on 04/09/2011
Upon seeing the other reviews here, I just have to give Marigold a boost. I've been here 3 times, and every time the food was excellent, the atmosphere lovely, and the service outstanding. It's the best place for an "up scale" yet cozy date in west Philly/university city I've been to yet!
Posted by Alison on 07/26/2010
I was very much looking forward to dining at Marigold Kitchen for the first time. We made the mistake of going during this latest heat wave and it was amazingly warm in the restaurant. It must have been 85 degrees. We commented to our server and she said she'd see if she could adjust the temperature. If anything it got hotter. My issue is not so much that there was clearly a problem with the A/C but the lack of acknoledgement. If your restaurant is causing two average women in sundresses to sweat and a man in a suit to rush through dinner because the temperature is so unacceptable, then at least address the problem. Say, I know it's hot in here, and we're so sorry, but can we chill your white wine (we asked repeatedly, never happened) and how can we make your experience more comfortable so you can come back. The food was good, but quite frankly, a foam doesn't stand up so well when you're personally baking in an unventilated space, so it was irrelevant. We likely won't be back - at least until it's winter.
Posted by green gal on 02/06/2010
This restaurant is based on concept of southern style american cooking. It has great service, food is extremely overpriced, portion sizes are small, food feels very heavy. Menu changes on weekly basis. Being a vegetarian I had only one entree that was vegetarian and made up of only potatoes. I am not sure if animal based fat is used for cooking (since it is southern style cooking). Non-vegetarian options were plenty.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2009
New Chef/Owner at Marigold and the meal and experience was quite a delight! I ate the wild mushrooms in parchment--delicious! Probably the best part of the whole meal. Morels, definitely identifiable, along with other mushrooms and a microgreen salad with lemon oil "dressing." I also had the avocado in the style of foie gras. Also excellent. The almond cream sauce was delicious--and interesting/complex. I enjoyed that the nuts in the meal(s) were adequately toasted and crunchy--fresh--even though they were in a meal that included a (wet) creamy sauce. The chef also included a complimentary "pina colada" amuse bouche, which was almost like a creamy, dense mousse/pudding, with dried pineapple. That was also delicious... There was a "Liquid, gas, and ice" (something like that) complimentary tasting that was a play on salad. One was liquid, one was a foam, the last a frozen spinach-y tasting, which I didn't care for as much, but it was tasty still. My dining partner had sardines which he said were tasty (I'm a vegetarian, so I can't say for myself), but they looked good/presentation was nice. He also had the halibut, which also was nicely presented and very tasty. Oh yeah, (can't believe I almost forgot to mention!) the dessert was truly AWESOME. I had the chocolate torte, which was, as expected dense, chocolate-y, and delicious. A good-sized slice, though not too big. We also got the profiteroles with banana ice cream and chocolate sauce. Again, delicious!
Posted by Amy on 05/26/2009
We went on a Sunday which may make the cost a lot better for what we got based on the reviews below. If you are coming to University City you have to expect hipster, but this was a cute place in a brightly lit victorian home. On Sundays they have a three course menue, app, dinner and dessert for $30, so for only $60 plus tip we had a great meal. It was cute and bright and everyone was very nice. I do understand the reviews about the different wait staff, I do think that different people bring food, take away, bring dessert and take away so we waiting a little while for our dessert, but byob so we opened more wine :)
Posted by Anycolouryoulike on 02/16/2009
I went to Marigold's about a year ago at the suggestion of a well intentioned but poorly informed doctor at the University Hospital. The food was admittedly decent, but certainly far below the quality I would expect of the prices. The presentation was tasteful; the taste?.. barely presentable. Judging by the vulcanized sweetbreads, Marigold's appeared willing to plate whatever they had leftover from the week prior. Everything else was tasty but forgettable. Service: slow...tainted by hipsters Atmosphere: Homey, in a good way, which unfortunately clashes with the impression the menu is trying to convey. Also, the bathroom gave me the impression that someone was watching me pee. Boy was that uncomfortable. Conclusions: Meh. Not worth it. If you want a worthwhile dining experience in West Philly, take the two hundred bucks you'd spend on you and your date, go to the Ethiopian restaurants down the street, then get a beer at Dock street or Local 44. You'll have enough money to get both of you lit on good booze and still have enough for a cab ride home.
Posted by BRC on 02/05/2009
Great food and an affordable prices. Truly a dining experience. Staff was very friendly and knowledgable. We will definitely be going back.