Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spice 28 is open at 13th and Chestnut

Jack Chen and Ben Wang are making a go of it on the edge of the 13th Street miracle.

Spice 28 is open at 13th and Chestnut

You get Asian fusion from one chef, and Szechuan from another chef at Spice 28, which soft-opened last week at 1228 Chestnut St. (215-928-8880) It's just off the corner of 13th and Chestnut, basically on the doorstep of the 13th Street restaurant row. Liquor license is about a month out.

Owners are Jack Chen, who owns Sakura Mandarin at 11th and Race Streets in Chinatown, and first-time restaurateur Ben Wang. Post-postmodern design includes a white, underlit bar, a changing-light wall in the dining room, and a wooden arch that serves as a transition between bar and dining room.

Menu highlights include dandan noodles and dumplings in chili oil from the Szechuan side, and - here they go with fusion - a spicy tuna gyoza appetizer, featuring fried wontons encasing a spicy tuna mixture serves atop guacamole.

Lunch dishes are $9 and under. Dinner entrees are under $20.
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