by Her Happy Balance on August 6, 2014

A little while back, one of my best friends treated me to a belated birthday night out at Moshulu restaurant in Philadelphia. I had dined at Moshulu once before many years ago and had forgotten what a cool place it is! Moshulu is a restaurant that is on the world’s oldest and largest square rigged sailing vessel that is still afloat. The ship is docked at Pier 34, on the Philly riverfront. To say the view of the water is beautiful is an understatement. Really, dining on the Moshulu isn’t just dinner but an experience.


We started our evening by having a drink at the outside deck bar. We couldn’t have had a more perfect night to be on the water. The air was warm, but the breeze from the river kept us cool as we sipped on brews. I chose a local favorite – Victory’s DirtWolf Double IPA. I had toured Victory Brewery a few months back and had been wanting to try this beer for some time. I’m an IPA girl, for sure.

Moshulu Deck Bar

We kicked back and enjoyed the view of the river until it was time for dinner. We had 8pm reservations downstairs inside the ship. The last time I had dined at the Moshulu it was outside on the deck, so I was excited to be able to eat inside this time.

I kept saying that the decor inside reminded me of the Titanic, luckily we didn’t sink! It was gorgeous and regal with touches of what I’m going to call “on-the-water chic.” We were seated by a window and it was really nice to be able to gaze out onto the Delaware river during dinner. When we sat down it was still light out, and by the time we finished up the sun had gone down and the water was lit up with the surrounding lights – very pretty.

Moshulu Professional Photo


The food was delicious, too. We started by sharing two appetizers.

Tropical Style Salmon Ceviche Tostada
Salmon, Mango, Avocado, Queso Fresco, Corn Tostada, Pineapple Cilantro Mojo

Moshulu Ceviche Tostada

I’ve never had ceviche in tostada form before so this was a fun spin on the dish. We were served two and each sampled one of these.

Salmon Jalapeño & Apple Roll
Salmon, Jalapeño, Apple, Scallion, Cream Cheese, Salmon Caviar

Moshulu sushi

Admittedly, I’m not usually a fan of sushi rolls that have cream cheese inside of them, but I actually really enjoyed this one. The cream cheese didn’t overpower the fish and the caviar on the top was the icing on the cake.

For my main course I ordered the scallops.

Pan Seared Diver Sea Scallops
Porcini Chive Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms, Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Roasted Beets, Truffle Mushroom Broth

Moshulu Scallops

The mushroom broth came in a little pitcher on the side, I took this photo before pouring it onto my scallops. The mushroom sauce was lightly creamy and amazing! You could definitely taste the truffles. The earthy beets paired really well with the scallops. And for presentation sake, I loved that they served the beet two ways – spiralized on the top  and hearty chunks of beet on the bottom. I would definitely order this again. Because, scallops.

Best friend ordered one of the specials that night. I believe it was seared red snapper served with fried rice and lots of other fancy sauces, no technical description for this one 😉 His entree was also delicious.

Moshulu Special Red Snapper

Dining at the Moshulu was definitely an experience. The waitstaff was attentive, the food delicious, the view was spectacular and it’s all best enjoyed amongst great company. If you are in the Philadelphia area and looking for a casual night out, try the deck bar. If you want a more formal dinner setting, sit inside. Either way, in my opinion, it’s a must on the Philly food and dining scene.

What is your favorite type of sushi?
Al fresco or indoors?

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Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie August 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

A restaurant that looks like Titanic? Yes, please! I’d be creeping all dinner for Jack Dawson though.

I love to eat outside – as long as the weather is comfortable (not 90 degrees).

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

There’s just something wonderful about eating outside at dusk in the summertime. I like to complete the picture by sipping on a drink with great company 😉

Taryn August 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

I flew in and out of Philly this weekend and drove past this when it was all lit up. I wasn’t sure if it was a restaurant or not – so cool!

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

Surprise – it’s a restaurant! 😉 If you have time next time you drive past swing in for a drink out the outdoor bar, super fun environment!

Caitlin August 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

Oh my goodness this sounds awesome! I never knew something like this existed, and I’d definitely want to eat here twice so I could compare dining inside v. outside 😉 If the weather is nice, I love eating outside, but something like this I feel would need to be experienced both inside and out! Those scallops look amazing. It’s been ages since I’ve had any, and now I’m in the mood haha 😛

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:11 am

Scallops are just THE best. If they’re on the menu, I almost always have to order them. I think you and the fiancee need to arrange a dinner date soon so you can get yourself some 😉

Kirtley Freckleton@ The Gist of Fit August 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Super cute site by the way!!

I am a huge fan of sushi! We just went to a little Korean place and had sushi. I do have a favorite but I can’t remember the name right now…probably something to do with rainbows or dragons.

The restaurant you went to looked way fun! I love unique places to eat–makes the whole experience super special. Take care!

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

Hi, Kirtley! Nice to “meet” you 😉 And thank you for the kind words about my site.

Going to unique restaurants definitely does make for a special experience. I think even if the food wasn’t that good (thankfully it was!) we still really would have enjoyed our time out there.

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Dinner on a giant ship? That sound awesome! I love novelty dining experiences and I love sushi too!

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