Ancient Spirits and Grille offers Ayurvedic herbal cuisine and organic dining with an emphasis on wellness.
To eat according to one’s dosha – a term from Sanskrit, translated as “that which can cause problems” – simply makes good sense. Divided into Pitta (fiery, intense with a ravenous hunger), Vata (delicate, cool and something of a nibbler) and Kapha (deliberate, obsessive), having a dosha on your side as your dining guide is better than just going into a restaurant and guessing at a menu. Two old friends from Radnor, Mahi Reddy and Syam Namballa, together with Executive Chef Chris Tavares (from Davio’s) have just opened what they claim is the first Ayurvedic herbal restaurant and cocktail lounge in the United States with Ancient Spirits and Grille (1726 Chestnut Street).
Their goal: to tickle the tastebuds while keeping you well, starting with the use of a phone app QR code survey in which to provide an instant customized menu for your body type.
Highlighted by a warm, dark and opulent atmosphere – exposed brick, plush, velvet seating, the use of multiple water walls were a handsome touch – the Ancient Spirits experience starts with heady cocktails (Reese tried the Panchakarma with organic vodka, elderflower, amla puree and house-made ginger syrup while I sampled the Masala Rye with house-made cardamom bitters and chai syrup), and continues with a menu that’s focused on Ayurvedic and herbal elements with a wealth of dietary options including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu items.
Images: Reese Amorosi