Flora is a small, beautiful, unassuming restaurant in the heart of Jenkintown, a suburb of Philadelphia, serving up delicious, seasonal dishes. The décor is rustic, almost reminiscent of what an upscale farm restaurant may look like. Being so small, the atmosphere was cozy and intimate, perfect for a date.
The server, who we later found out was also the owner, was warm and friendly, and was eager to answer any questions we had. The menu, which changes seasonally, is a three-course prix fixe menu, with a four-course option to include dessert. After ordering, we were brought complimentary bread with the most delicious herb butter.
For the first course, I chose the roasted mushroom crostini accompanied with walnut pesto, arugula, red onion and sherry vinaigrette. The flavors paired beautifully with each other; the mellowness of the mushroom complimented with the peppery flavor of arugula and the acidity of the vinaigrette. As I brought the crostini to my mouth, I smelled truffle oil on the arugula, which further brought out the flavor of the mushrooms. This was my favorite dish, and keep in mind, I am not a fan of mushrooms.
The second course was glazed Japanese turnip with roasted apple and pickled turnip greens. The turnips were well marinated and had the perfect texture; soft, but not mushy. The juxtaposition of the sweetness from the turnip and apple, and the tartness of the pickled turnip greens was very pleasing. I personally think it’s very important to have that balance when serving something sweet for dinner.
Dinner concluded with spicy cauliflower wings on top of lemon-thyme waffles, paired with a golden raisin chutney. I thought this was a very creative and sophisticated take on chicken and waffles. The chutney was smart to pair with the dish, cutting the heat well while giving the dish a different flavor. While I found the spiciness of the cauliflower perfect, there was an option to get the sauce on the side instead, allowing people who don’t like spicy food to still enjoy this.
Of course I had to get dessert, and opted for the carrot cake with golden raisin and toasted walnut buttercream, which, if you know me, is an odd choice. I tend to be firmly against mixing my vegetables with dessert, therefore carrot cake has never appealed to me. On top of that, I don’t like nuts or raisins in my dessert either. That being said, this carrot cake was SO good. The texture was very moist, and the buttercream melted on top of the warm cake. Divine.
The food was absolutely gorgeous. While the portions were small, I left feeling satiated, but not weighed down. Keep in mind, this is a BYOB, so come prepared (we brought red wine). With only 16 seats, it is strongly suggested you make a reservation, though planning ahead is well worth it. Overall, Flora was an extremely enjoyable experience and I highly recommend it.