Azure bills themselves as a “Vacation” style restaurant. I’m not sure what that means, but I suppose it means island-ish food. Azure is a fairly small place, but not tiny. Basically two long narrow rooms, the first being more bar, and the second being tables. There were ten of us and they put us in a spot right in front in the non-bar room. It was fairly secluded and nice so we were able to talk to each other. It is a nice place to get a group together.
I got a big margarita, which came in a pint glass. It wasn’t great (I’ve lived in Texas and been to Mexico a bunch of times, so I know what a great margarita tastes like), but for a non-Mexican restaurant in Philly, it was great. On the rocks with no salt. Not quite sour enough, but nice and strong. I ordered the soup of the day, which was a New England clam and oyster chowder. It was surprisingly good. There were alot of carrots in there, and I don’t like cooked carrots, but I even ate those. There were big chunks of clams and oysters and it was thick and creamy.
For an entree I got the grilled filet mignon tips. I don’t like my meat raw so I ordered it almost well done. It came out great, cooked, but still tender. They served it with a bunch of greens, flour tortillas, a “refried roasted corn risotto cake”, and a chipotle aioli. The aioli I didn’t really use at all, and the greens were plain. But I ate up the filet and corn cake. A few others got the same meal, but in the seitan meat-free option. We all weren’t sure what to do with the tortillas. Were we supposed to make a little fajita or taco? The meat comes out more in chunks, and not in strips, so we all improvised. A few others ordered the scallops, which now that I look at the picture, look absolutely delicious. Don’t you love the rosemary garnish sticking out of the middle? The jerk chicken sandwich looks great too. I’m getting hungry just looking at it! HA! I was too stuffed for any dessert, but we had a birthday girl amongst us and she got a brownie type cake which looked great. I just couldn’t take another bite! Azure also has a special running Monday and Tuesday nights where you get two entrees and a pitcher of beer or a bottle of wine for $30. That’s a great deal!