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Tapas Restaurant and Asian Restaurant
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly StrowJanuary 24, 2013
    Food was delicious! Get the pork buns. Staff was super nice. Waitress accidentally spilled red wine on my coat, but they cleaned it, gave me a free drink, and said to send them a dry cleaning bill.
  • Michele G R.
    Michele G RogersApril 25, 2013
    Happy Hour is great because the food is fantastic, the drinks are reasonable, and there is room to sit at the bar! Also, Bartender Tim rocks, charming both with knowledge & sincerity. Go!
  • Sachi S.
    Sachi SobtiJanuary 20, 2013
    Try the manzana for dessert- it tastes like a creamy apple crumble. Best dessert I have ever tried! Props to the restaurant for being so gluten-free friendly (it has a separate menu)
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialAugust 31, 2012
    Inspired by the unique hybrid of Peruvian and Cantonese cuisine more common in Peru. This Jose Garces spot, known for its Pork Belly Buns, has an tasting menu that is to die for!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2011
    The crab empanadas, barbecue pork ribs, and mussels in fragrant coconut broth are all things we'd recommend and that landed this place a spot on our list of 50 Best Restaurants in Philly! Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 15, 2012
    From 5 p.m. to 7 pm get specialty cocktails for $6, wines for $5 and beers for $3 plus a special Latin-Asian happy hour menu of $4 and $5 bites. Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2010
    Try the Express Lunch, Mon. to Sat. For $12.50, you get a choice of salad and a choice of any second course item on the lunch menu (we love the Thai sausage sandwich), plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Chifa's concept raised a few eyebrows when first revealed, but the Cantonese-Peruvian fusion restaurant proved that with the right execution, anything is possible. Pork Buns and Ceviche are the stuff. Read more
  • Stef A.
    Stef ArckJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the yuca/cheese bread they serve at dinner if you're at the bar--it's not on the menu, but you can order it and enjoy the cheesy goodness. Read more
  • travel42
    travel42September 19, 2011
    Peruvian/Cantonese fusion. The unique dishes such as the duck tacos and crab empanadas are worth trying. Many types of ceviche are also on the menu.
  • Monica N.
    Monica NavarroJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster bowl, and house Cheng Chao-Chilcano to drink. You'll never be disappointed. Oh, and plenty of pan de bono, of course. .
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineOctober 6, 2010
    Order the Thai Sausage Sandwich. The slightly sweet, aromatic Thai sausage is house-made, and the perfect counterpoint to the fire of the mayo and hot peppers. YUM! Read more
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneJuly 13, 2013
    If you get nothing else, get the Chinese five spice pork. One of the best dishes I have ever eaten.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MoranJune 16, 2013
    Hot damn. If you love tapas (especially tex mex) and Asian flavors, Chifa should be your go to.
  • Sahil J.
    Sahil JollyJanuary 26, 2013
    Restaurant Week tasting menu was amazing! Peruvian Ceviche and the Pork Belly Buns were my favorite.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 31, 2011
    Even though the warm, cheesy yucca bread with guava butter is complimentary, it's so delicious, we'd gladly pay for it. Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2011
    Try the crab empanadas, the slickly lacquered barbecue pork ribs, and the mussels in fragrant coconut broth. Read more
  • Susan L.
    Susan LeeDecember 18, 2012
    Guava ice cream is literally to die for... Would come here over and over, just for the ice cream.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HNovember 20, 2011
    $16 the Chifa Burger comes with shiitake ketchup, charred scallions, cilantro mayo loaded fries.
  • Jim D.
    Jim DavisJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always try the Ceviche, oysters especially but any special fish
  • Estee R.
    Estee RatliffMay 28, 2010
    GET THE Chifa Chicken!! If you brought a picker eater with you? ORDER THIS! They prepare it for FIFTY-TWO HOURS!!! Click the link for a full yelp review. Read more
  • Ravi D.
    Ravi DesaiFebruary 9, 2013
    The Peruvian ceviche with yellow tail is amazing!
  • Bill 'Victory' C.
    So many great items but now that it's summer go for the Hiramasa Tiradito ceviche with charred pineapple, ginger and mustard espuma to chill. Read more
  • Kavitha S.
    Kavitha SagiMay 10, 2012
    Scallops, octopus, tamale, duck and oxtail r a must!
  • Cristina S.
    Cristina SoriceJanuary 26, 2013
    Cheng Chao is an amazing cocktail. Order the house classic
  • Eric D.
    Eric De FeoMay 9, 2011
    tuna ceviche served ecquadorian style and pork buns were awesome. best ive ever had
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HMay 27, 2012
    Try the strip steak - Hanger steak was delicious!
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieAugust 6, 2011
    Pork belly buns are a stand out star. Don't miss them.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 18, 2011
    Order delicious Dim Sum and Ceviche at Chifa, Jose Garces's Latin-Asian inspired restaurant.
  • Dishcrawl Philly
    Dishcrawl PhillyFebruary 26, 2012
    You can't go wrong with the Peruvian style ceviche.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CieriOctober 16, 2010
    Have to try the pork buns, the chaufa, and the lobster bowl. All delicious.
  • Joanna P.
    Joanna PinedaMarch 11, 2010
    Make a reservation well ahead of time. Order the chaufa, pork belly buns, empanada, ramen and long beans.
  • Richard P.
    Richard PaceFebruary 16, 2011
    Try the Marlin and the Thai Beef Salad... Both are amazing
  • Nhung T.
    Nhung ThỏNovember 18, 2012
    I worthed all the money. I love the food here :)
  • Soojan
    SoojanMay 2, 2010
    Pork buns, empanada, ecuadorean ceviche and lychee sangria were the best ones...amazing!
  • Aileen F.
    Aileen FernandesJuly 29, 2010
    Great tapas! Empanadas , mussels, and lobster bowl were exceptional
  • Kat
    KatMay 25, 2011
    The cocktail with tequila, passion fruit and chile is delish!!
  • Brett M.
    Brett MorrisonSeptember 3, 2010
    The "spice" of the Spicy Margarita kicks in at the end. BOMBDIGGIDY GOOD.
  • Alexandria P.
    The Jade Fox cocktail is absolutely delicious!
  • Peter W.
    Peter WyspianskiNovember 7, 2009
    worth every penny, tasting menu was very good choice, ask for the seats in the back - better ambiance
  • Matt H.
    Matt HepworthApril 28, 2013
    Get the yuca fries
  • Marissa W.
    Marissa WeberMay 3, 2012
    Lobster Bowl. Do it.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GApril 24, 2011
    Peruvian ceviche is marvelously refreshing!
  • Deidre O.
    Deidre ONeillMay 26, 2013
    Try the Coconut Cake
  • Elana F.
    Elana FlehingerSeptember 11, 2010
    OMG. Get the Pork Belly Bun. To die for.
  • Kara T.
    Kara ThompsonJune 29, 2013
    Red Curry is awesome
  • Andrew Ari C.
    Andrew Ari ClibanoffApril 11, 2010
    Great fish ceviche - but don't hold your breath for dessert
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
  • Crystal I.
    Crystal IrvinSeptember 27, 2011
    Pork roll belly buns. Yum!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FeiferSeptember 25, 2010
    Restaurant week no good for vegetarians! And they don't have the cheesy pan, which is half the point of going!
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