Ask Not For Whom LaBan’s Bells Do Not Toll; Monsu Is ‘Insane’ and ‘Insanely Delicious’

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Craig LaBan says that Serafinas stupidly oversized bar crushing food-runners, guests, and packed tables into a noisy lasagna of a space, seems almost designed for full-contact dining, following a slight altercation at the bar. The vast prosaic Italian menu, he adds, is dull, relatively expensive, and soullessly mass-produced. Over-fried calamari, a minuscule fillet of bass cooked to mush, and the fishy aroma you don't want from your sashimi emanating from a tuna carpaccio add up to zero bells. [Inquirer]

Monsus play on mozzarella en carozza, Adam Erace writes, is insane and insanely delicious. The Mahimahi nods to Morocco atop a hill of pearly, perfectly cooked couscous and Tunisia with its fiery harissa-flamed tomato sauce. A too firm almond panna cotta had the texture of a bike-seat gel cushion, but a heavenly ricotta cannolo was worth every bite. [Courier-Post]

Two Eat Philly check out the Korean and Japanese offerings at KoJa, a classic Penn campus truck, and take issue with the dumplings the thick, chewy wrapper. Even more unsettling? The contents, which they surmise probably shouldn't be that difficult to tell. An interesting take on stir fry, with chicken cooked in a spicy red chili sauce (similar to sriracha) had them pretty much in love with the dish, but the Bulgogi Steak Sandwich wasn't anything special. [Two Eat Philly]