Charles "Chip" Roman, riding high with his destination BYOB Blackfish in Conshohocken, enters Chestnut Hill this weekend with the refined Mica (8609 Germantown Ave., 267-335-3912). In the kitchen will be Roman's culinary sidekick, Jason Cichonski, formerly of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse.
Mica's menu will have no defined concept - they're aiming for "distinctive, gratifying food" served as a three-course prix-fixe menu for $50 and a four-course prix fixe for $60, with four or two options per course. There also will be a more ambitious tasting menu, which has a personal touch and somewhat smaller portions (five courses for $70 and seven courses for $90). There's an eight-seat chef's table in a private space off the kitchen. Sample starters include Santa Barbara sea urchin with whiskey custard, passion fruit, and cucumber, and deep-water fluke crudo with house-pickled ginger, edamame, basil seeds, and ponzu. Entrees include Elysian Fields lamb shoulder with butter radishes and peanut mole, and John Dory with baby squash, walnuts, and feta.