UPPER MERION >> Small plates meant big news for the culinary scene at King of Prussia Mall when Mistral made its debut here three weeks ago.
The eatery spun off from owners Stephen Distler’s and executive chef Scott Anderson’s hugely successful 4-year-old dining concept located in Princeton, Mistral (pronounced Mee-strall, named after a strong wind that originates in southern France) is tucked away discreetly, almost inconspicuously, beneath the towering Grand Lux Café, forging a sweet little contrast between the elegant mighty chain restaurant and the equally elegant freewheeler down below.
The corner location’s whimsical look, plus a quick consultation with Yelp that reveals several unabashedly ecstatic, four-star reviews, may be all that a hungry, chain-weary individual needs to allow the gusts of a venturesome wind to bring him or her inside.
“We have had some people who were familiar with the concept from going to the Princeton location, but we’re a great place for people that want to get away from the chains when they see a freestanding, single-owner restaurant in the mall,” noted chef Craig Polignano. “Whereas, if you want something along the lines of a chain, there are so many of them in the area. It’s something unique at the mall.”
Mistral’s independence is a distinction it shares with nearby The Fat Ham at the Savor food court.
“Some people from the Simon Group had eaten at the Princeton restaurant and were interested in opening one here,” Polignano allowed. “We were contacted and decided to go through with it. By…
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