SoWe Bar & Kitchen (918 South 22nd Street) opened this week in Southwest Center City in the space formerly occupied by Divan Turkish Kitchen. During renovations, owners Nancy Law and Troy Barton, replaced the floors with reclaimed wood floors and added a weathered oak bar to the Graduate Hospital eatery’s location. SoWe, the name is a take on the real estate abbreviation, operates as a bistro seven days a week, serving burgers, sandwiches, and other dishes and will also offer a brunch menu on the weekends. Looking to create a neighborhood bar feel the menu includes craft beers and inventive cocktails that take classic drinks and add modern flare.
Seared Seitan and Wild Mushroom Sandwich with wilted spinach and asiago on a rustic loaf (can be also made as a vegan option)
Ricotta Gnudi with English peas, morels, lemon-tarragon butter, shaved asiago, and pea shoots
Calamari Fritti with Roman fish sauce, hard cooked egg, and apricot
Fettuccine alla Romana (fettuccine with spicy short ribs and sausage ragu)
Jalsa (246 Market Street) will serve traditional Indian food at moderate prices in Olde City. Jalsa, which means fun in Hindi, opened last weekend and occupies the former Prive space. Owner Kayur Popat encountered the same floor plan problems as previous tenants of the building due to the staircase that divides the two dining floors in half. While keeping the modern feeling of Prive, Jalsa will use the second floor for private events and will have a DJ spinning at night. Diego Rodrigues, head chef and originally from Goa, India, prepares fresh traditional breads such as garlic and plain naan, paratha, and tandoor roti, as well as making in-house Indian ice cream, kulfi.
Goan Crab Cakes with spiced mustard and curry with crab salsa
Chicken Mango Curry
White Chocolate & Habanero Wings
Square Peg Burger with pancetta, roasted onions, and aged cheddar