Photo Courtesy of Felicia D’Ambrosio at Meal Ticket
I have been meaning to check out the small plates at Chef Michael Schulson’s Sampan since its opening in December, so imagine how so so so pumped I was to read on Citypaper that they’ll be introducing a new lunch menu on March 5th. And even better than that… everything is under $10. And even better than that… they’re giving away free banh mi during the first lunch service! I might be holding my breath from now until next Friday.
I took a quick look at the menu and I have to say I am left particularly breathless by the bbq pork ramen and steak banh mi with sunny side egg; those two will most assuredly be the first things I dig into. We are lacking ramen options in Center City (Phoodie recently started a Philly ramen hunt with Morimoto’s $14 version), so this will be a much welcomed addition to our lunch repertoire. At dinnertime the ramen is $12, but Sampan shrewdly lowered the price of their lunch ramen to $8. (And by shrewdly I mean thankfully!) Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), the lobster roll shown above didn’t not make its way onto the under $10 lunch menu, but if the sandwiches that did taste half as good as that lobster roll looks, I will be a very happy luncher. And kaffir lime aid to wash it all down? There is no way I could pass that up.
As for the lunch menu debut, everyone will be treated to a FREE pork banh mi, with chips and a drink on March 5th from 11:30am to 5pm. (Although I would advise getting there at 11:30 to avoid the unbearable sadness of sandwiches running out!)
The full lunch menu, in all its glory, is after the jump…