Suga: Delicious simplicity

The name Susanna Foo is very well known in the culinary world, especially in Philadephia. She has brought gourmet Chinese cuisine to our area and we are so lucky to have her restaurant, Suga, right in our backyard. A mere 10-15 minute walk from our apartment and we are inside this fantastic restaurant. Tucked away on 1720 Samson Street, it is well worth a visit.

We first went to Suga about a year ago during Philadelphia Restaurant Week. In one of my previous posts, I touched upon the age old argument having to do with Restaurant Week. Some don’t like it because they feel the restaurants don’t put their best foot forward. Other’s do like it because they can experience restaurants that may normally be out of their price range. When we last went to Suga, overall the food was good but we felt it could have been much better. And we were right! On this night, everything was perfect.

I was invited to visit Suga again by my good friend Molly, who handles their public relations. She asked me to have dinner and write another review. I was more than happy to oblige! When you first enter Suga, it is long and narrow but warm and inviting. The bar area is located at the front of the restaurant and there are tables to sit at across from the bar, as well as seating at the bar. When you walk past the bar area, you go up a couple steps into a lovely and cozy room decorated with wood throughout. We were seated here to begin what would be an incredible meal.

We started with a couple of cocktails. We ordered the blackberry mojito and the Suga sangria. The presentation on both was stunning and both drinks were delicious. They were incredibly refreshing and would pair very well with our food.

We started our meal with their dumpling sampler, which consisted of chicken, pork, lamb, vegetable, shrimp and wild mushroom. A fantastic sampler indeed and all of them were delicious. The chicken dumpling was probably my favorite because of the wonderful curry flavor. They all were cooked perfectly, not too much dough, not over fried, and stuffed graciously with the filling. Eric said he couldn’t decide which one he liked best, he liked them all! They came with a couple wonderful dipping sauces as well.

Our next appetizer was a chili crab and shrimp wonton. It was made with Maryland crab, crispy shallot and a spicy lobster chili sauce. It was wonderful! I fell in love with the spicy sauce. It had a good amount of heat and paired so well with the crab. It was outstanding! We also ordered the pickled English cucumber cold salad plate and this too was delicious. It consisted of pickled cucumber, edamame, sesame and jalapeño. It had the right amount of heat but was also cool and refreshing.

For our entrees, we ordered the Kung Pao chicken and the braised short rib noodles. Once again, Suga delivered. Both were served hot and delicious. The chicken was so tender and juicy. It was served with peanuts, Sichuan peppercorn and bell pepper. The braised short rib noodles was served with pappardelle pasta, eggplant, tomato, spinach and parmesan. It was so good! The short ribs just melted in your mouth and the pappardelle was cooked perfectly. I would absolutely order either of these two entrees again. It was a wonderful way to end a fantastic meal.

I have to thank Molly again for inviting us to try Suga again. My only regret is that we waited so long to come here again. The food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. Our host, Gabriel Foo was so incredibly nice. He and our waitress made sure we had everything we needed and checked on us periodically to make sure we were fine. Suga is certainly on my list of favorite Chinese restaurants in the city. If you haven’t given them a try yet, do so!

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