4/10/2013 12:44:00 PM

Thai New Year Feast at Circles in Northern Liberties

The traditional Thai New Year is known as the Songkran Festival, and it takes place every April. Chef Alex Boonphaya of Circles has been preparing for this celebration for months, and this weekend he’ll offer a special eight-course feast made up of dishes created in collaboration with five other Philly chefs.

Guests can stop by the Northern Liberties BYO to partake in a $50 prix fixe with plates created by George Sabatino (Morgan’s Pier), John Taus (The Corner), Jennifer Choplin (SoWe), Sean Magee (Time) and Jeffrey Power (Dettera) and Boonphaya himself, including a banana s’more spring roll for dessert. The full menu is below, and do note that there’s also a vegetarian option.

If you can’t make it in on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, consider heading over on Thursday, when the collaboration dinner with Magee takes place (the other chefs’ collab dinners happened over the past several weeks). This is a six-course deal offered for just $35 per person. Call for reservations (267-687-1309).

Circles Thai New Year Menu
First
Jeffrey Power’s oyster with Kaffir lime granita

Second
George Sabatino’s marinated green papaya with house beef jerky, peanuts and basil chiffonade

Third
John Taus’ Thai scrapple, congee, ginger, scallion and egg yolk

Fourth
Jenn Choplin’s Thai BBQ quail, crispy noodles, chive oil and frisee

Fifth
Sean Magee’s foie gras torchon, thai tea, crushed candied peanuts and mango

Sixth
Alex Boonphaya’s rosewater scented cold jasmine rice soup with fried shrimp paste, stuffed peppers wrapped in an egg nest, Thai shallots stuffed with fish and spices, shredded beef, and julienned pickled chinese turnips stir fried with eggs

Seventh
Alex Boonphaya’s warm Thai egg custard topped with lemongrass and lime leaf infused crème fraiche and sea urchin

Finale 
Alex Boonphaya’s banana s’more spring roll

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