Good Stuff and a Slip-Up at Rittenhouse Tavern

Photo by Felicia Perretti

Oops, a foie gras froth winds up on the plate of Christina Perachio’s pescatarian guest at Rittenhouse Tavern.

The next dish is a doozy: five large day-boat sea scallops, perfectly seared on top with a golden-brown crisp sitting in a heavy-handed amaranth truffle butter sauce with fresh and tender chanterelles and turnips that stand on their own. They are gorgeous, rich and delicious. And their inclusion in our meal comes as a result of my companion’s request for an entrée fit for a pescatarian. Which is why, the next day, when I call to double-check the ingredients, I’m startled to learn that they the scallops were topped with a vanilla foie gras froth.

Simple and Seasonal Fare at Rittenhouse Tavern, With an Unexpected Surprise [Philadelphia Weekly]
Rittenhouse Tavern [Official Site]

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  • Emily

    I am totally baffled at the inclusion of this – I don’t even know what to call it: complaint? critique? – on Foobooz today. Seems kinda lazy.

  • Hal

    Eh, not that I’m a huge fan of counting numbers,
    but gotta go with Star Trek,Chain of Command, Picard.

    there are four scallops…

  • rory

    @ Emily–it was in the review in Philly Weekly. A terribly written review–was the food good or bad? each dish had positives and negatives listed, leading me unsure. and i continue to be amazed none of the reviews have ripped a place that says its a neighborhood tavern and serves 3 tiny lollipops of frog’s legs for $9, or those tiny deviled eggs for 6, etc. *shrug*

  • foodiesupreme

    How could they use the word “Tavern” in the name of the restaurant when it’s in such a stately architecturally amazing building. It’s so incongruous, as well as the logo they choose.

    Couldn’t they invest some money and really landscape the outdoor space? The tables look so cheap and uncomfortable. They should have been thinking Talula’s Garden. The outdoor space is not inviting at all.

  • barryg

    @foodiesupreme $100+ tasting menus

  • rebecca

    @Foodiesupreme — Really? I’ve enjoyed 2 meals on RT’s patio and both times I’ve been impressed at the ambience. Serene and understated, yet comfortable.

  • Buckethead


    Those aren’t the scallops, they’re the deviled eggs.