You would never know that a wonderful, cozy and intimate french restaurant is located inside the beautiful and historic Art Alliance building on South 18th Street. But there is and the restaurant is Le Cheri. A quentessencial french restaurant that welcomes you with open arms and trust me, you won’t want to leave.
When you first walk in, you are mesmerized by the beautiful detail and accents of this historic building built in 1906. Walk straight to the back and you will be greeted by the hostess to Le Cheri. Once you walk inside, you can’t help but look all around at the beautiful, elegant, yet simple decor of the restaurant. The seperate bar area is so cozy and inviting! It’s definitely on our list to go back for happy hour.
Once seated, we were immediately greeted by our waiter. I have to add, the attention to detail and service was fantastic. We started brunch with an order of the pate du jour. It came with romesco, heirloom tomatoes, cornichon and grain mustard. What a wonderful way to start brunch! It was delicious and excited our palates for our entrees. Those consisted of their boeuf & ceuf (New York steak, two sunny side up eggs, au poivre sauce served with mixed greens) and the vol-au-vent (pheasant stew in a puff pastry with spinach and a poached egg). I don’t know who thinks of these recipes but I am eternally grateful that someone does. Both dishes were absolutely delicious! The steak was cooked perfectly to my specifications, medium-rare, and the pheasant stew just soaked the puff pastry to perfection. Beautifully plated, it was a wonderful brunch.
Le Cheri is a fantastic destination for a reasonably priced and delicious meal in a beautiful, historic building located at Rittenhouse Square. They are also open for dinner. Please give them a try and be sure to check out the Art Alliance’s website for happenings and events. Bon appetite!