- Complimentary chef's choice appetizer when you dine at the restaurant
Opened in August of 2019 in Old City, Forsythia is, in the words of Philadelphia magazine, “a perfectly realized modern French bistro.” That means roasted duck with apricots, carrots, and cardamom jus, pumpkin and truffle beignets, escargots in tomato butter, foie gras mousse, steamed mussels, and other Gallic delights. Chef Chris Kearse earned his stripes cooking at Charlie Trotter’s, The French Laundry, and other top spots, and, for seven years, owned and operated the well-loved Will on East Passyunk Avenue. Two months after closing Will, he opened Forsythia—and survived the worst of the pandemic. Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant reviewer Craig LaBan says, “[Forsythia] deserves to become a citywide destination.” Its warm and delicious home cooking (if your home cook happened to be a fantastic French chef) served up in a lovely space that melds French country with industrial-modern explains why Philly magazine named Forsythia to it Best of 2020 list.