8609 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia , PA 19118
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Parking: Lot in rear.
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Cuisine type: American
Style: Chestnut Hill's fine-dining fortunes have gotten a serious boost with this sophisticated new atelier of culinary pursuit from Chip Roman, whose minimally elegant 30-seat dining room is the softer, gastro-focused sibling of his BYO hit in Conshohocken, Blackfish. The multi-course tasting format is pricey, but the early flavors were worth it - inventive, refined, exciting. With Roman just taking the kitchen baton full time recently (from opening chef Jason Cichonski), and a wine list still to come on line, Mica's evolution will be worth watching.
Specialties: Pea soup; lomo; potatoes; octopus; ravioli (veal or short rib); brown butter clam risotto; poulard; skate; tuna; manjari chocolate with passion fruit; rhubarb with white chocolate panna cotta.
Alcohol: A wine and liquor list is expected to be offered soon, but a "honeymoon" is expected for BYO devotees with minimum corkage.
Weekend noise: A very noisy 90 decibels, despite soundproofing on the walls. A work in progress - more buffers to come. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10 p.m. Brunch (starting by early July) Saturday and Sunday, 11a.m.-2 p.m.