721 Skippack Pike
Blue Bell, PA
As of 11/09, Alison at Blue Bell has closed for good.
Rating: 4 silver spoons out of 5
Overview: Well-known chef Alison Barshak’s latest venture — an excellent contemporary American BYOB serving ambitious, creative fare.
Food: The menu at Alison, which is influenced mostly by Asian, Mediterranean and Southwestern cuisine, changes almost nightly and is consistently excellent. Some of Barshak’s more well-known dishes include the “Ginger Fried Squid with Wasabi Drizzle & Mango Slaw” and the “Chili Dusted Skate with Citrus Brown Butter, Cool Jicama & Avocado Salad”, but whatever you find on the menu should satisfy. The menu does have a slight focus on seafood, featuring specialties such as “Sauteed Halibut, Truffled Grits, Ramps & Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms” or “Wild Salmon, Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes & Bacon-Caper, Olive Vinaigrette”. Oh, and do save room for Amelia Dietrich’s desserts — perhaps the “Chocolate Torte with Peanut Butter Mousse” or the “Double Chocolate Brownie Sundae”?
Ambiance: Nice, bright room with an open kitchen. There are even a few seats (5) that the “bar” for a quick, casual meal. The 65-seat room can be a bit noisy and bustling at busy times, but is hardly overwhelming. It is located in an office park, which isn’t exactly in the center of things, but the seclusion has allowed them to recently open a patio for outdoor dining.
Service: The waitstaff has been helpful and very knowledgeable about the menu.
Value: Not cheap, but for the quality of food and the addition of BYOB, this is certainly worth the trip.
# of times we’ve eaten there: 2
Reservations: Yes – call early, they aren’t easy to come by
Last Updated: 6/2004