Michael Klein: Jane G's, stylish Asian in Rittenhouse

Dining room at Jane G's, 1930 Chestnut St. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com
Dining room at Jane G's, 1930 Chestnut St. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com
Posted: August 09, 2012

Since Susanna Foo gave way to a Chipotle, Rittenhouse has lacked a high-style, business/date-appropriate Asian option.

Now open is the polished Jane G's (1930 Chestnut St., 215-563-8800). Namesake is Jane Guo, who owned the long-gone Noodle Heaven on Broad Street. Steven Clofine, a real estate broker and former customer, was instrumental in setting up the deal, said Guo's son Jackson Fu, general manager.

Jane G's quasi-open kitchen - open behind a row of glass windows - is set up in front of a raw bar. A 10-seat private table in the window, behind carved wooden dragons, has the makings of a power perch. Columns of wine bottles decorate a rear wall.

Chef Michael Chan's menu includes rice- and noodle-based dishes, but gets ambitious: turkey edamame with truffle dumpling and Tibetan lamb kebab. Dinner entree prices range from $18 for grilled salmon in green curry sauce to seafood bouillabaisse with lobster ravioli at $38.

Chan and assistant general manager Warren Rice worked together at Shangri-La in Devon.

It's open for lunch Monday to Saturday, dinner nightly. Sunday brunch is on the way.

Bucci's back

Four years after taking a sabbatical as he fought leukemia, sandwich guru John Bucci Jr. of John's Roast Pork is back at the South Philly stand full time. Further adding to his good fortune: His cheesesteak, with sharp provolone, long hots, mayo, and ketchup, will be included as a "wild card" contestant in the finals of the Adam Richman series Best Sandwich in America, in which the Man vs. Food guy traveled the country in search of top sandwiches. In June, Richman chose the roast pork from DiNic's in Reading Terminal Market as the show's Northeast regional winner. Now, it turns out, producers had John's up their sleeve. "DiNic's should be proud, too," Bucci said. "Two [shops] from one city. That's awesome." Showtime is 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Travel Channel.

Renovation

Field House, the sports bar along Filbert Street across from Reading Terminal Market, is closed pending a top-to-bottom, guts-and-all renovation. When the dust settles around Labor Day, co-owner Gary Cardi said it will assume more of a local feel as it tries to grab tourists seeking a Philly experience while visiting the Convention Center. A stepped-up beer program from Andy Farrell of the sibling City Tap House in University City will result in 40 beers on tap, of which "85 to 90 percent will be within a hundred miles," he said. Food will be ramped up, with local favorites added to the menu.

Next door at 12th and Market Streets, meanwhile, the Hard Rock Cafe is expanding. On Sept. 12, the existing space will close and customers will be served in the new section. Plan is to overhaul the "old" portion and reopen the entire shebang by Thanksgiving.

Closing

La Campagne, the French BYOB in a 150-year-old farmhouse tucked off Kresson Road in Cherry Hill, has closed after about two decades. Chef/owner Richard Benussi took to Facebook to regret the closing, which he attributed to "leasing issues." (First Gilmore's in West Chester, now La Campagne. Not a good summer for French BYOs. Or for holders of restaurant gift certificates, for that matter.)

Restaurant week moves

Center City District Restaurant Week has been pushed a week later to Sept. 30 to Oct. 5 and Oct. 7 to 12. The previously announced dates conflicted with the Jewish high holy days. (It's not up to CCD to put the "yum" in Yom Kippur.) Three-course meals for $35 will be offered at a record 132 restaurants, and three-course lunches will be $20 at 48 of the restaurants.
Photos, menus, and additional details about these restaurants, plus dining news, can be found at www.philly.com/mike. Contact Michael Klein at mklein@philly.com.

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