Blume: Fantastic Grand Opening!

Anytime a friend opens a new restaurant, I go. It doesn’t matter where the place is located, the theme, nothing. A close friend of mine, Teddy Sourias, opened another restaurant in center city called Blume. We went to the public grand opening a few weeks ago, and the place was packed within a half an hour. Teddy has established himself as a force in the restaurant world in Philadelphia. He owns several other places, and they all are doing quite well.

A little side note. Owner Teddy Sourias has opened up versions of Blume, and another one of his restaurant, Bru Craft, at Piazza Pod Park in Northern Liberties. They will be under the names Craft Beer Concepts and Craft Cocktail Concepts. The pod park is a new concept that will feature food, seating, art installations, and entertainment.

The exterior of Blume is breathtaking! It’s painted in bright, vibrant colors with, of course, a flower theme, and you can’t miss the large butterfly on the main doors. It’s really quite wonderfully done. The theme of flowers continues when you go inside. There is a large display of plants hanging from the ceiling, and there are faux white roses throughout.

We started out with a carafe of Domaine de Maubet Sauvignon Blanc from Gascony, France. For our appetizers, we ordered the salmon tartine, and the baked oysters. Everything was delicious! The wine paired perfectly with our food. The salmon was served with horseradish and creme fraiche on a baguette. The baked oysters were out of this world. They came with a fennel cream sauce that, by itself, was to die for!

We decided to try another carafe of wine with our entrees. We ordered the Henriques Côtes du Roussillon Altitudes Red from Roussillon, France. Again, this was a great bottle of wine, and it went very well with our food. Eric ordered the chicken satay, which came with farro and a peanut sauce. It was delicious. The chicken was hot and tender, and the peanut sauce was fantastic.

I ordered the New York strip steak. Unfortunately, this is where Blume came up short. It came out almost cold and already sliced. Our wonderful waitress took it back immediately, and produced another within several minutes. Again, it was cold, and I was really disappointed. Our waitress, and the manager, were really embarrassed and extremely apologetic. They offered to send it back again, but I was really hungry and decided to stick with it. The staff more than made up for this error. I understand when a new restaurant opens, there will be errors. That’s the nature of the business. We promised them that we would come back in a few weeks.

Overall, the food and wine were fantastic, minus the steak mishap. The decor of Blume, inside and out, is amazing. Owner Teddy Sourias should be very happy, and proud of his latest venture. We will definitely be back soon, and I have no doubt everything will be perfect!

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