Royal Boucherie-Old City Charm

On a very warm May weekend, we were lucky enough to head over to Penn’s Landing and see a host of tall ships, part of the Sail Philadelphia event where about a dozen tall ships sailed into our fine city. After walking around and viewing these beautiful ships, we walked over to old city and ducked in to Royal Boucherie for a drink and snack. We’ve been meaning to come here for a while. We’ve heard such good things about the restaurant.

When we first walked in, the decor was what we were hoping for. It was cozy, quaint, low lit, perfect to escape the warm May day. It had all the charm of old city Philadelphia. Our host and server were extremely friendly. We both ordered a glass of 2014 Stobi Tikves and a 2015 Chateau Du Cedre Blandine. Both were perfect to cool us down. The Stobi had a nice mineral, citrus finish and the Blandine had a beautiful floral, peach and citrus taste.

For our snacks, we tried their Swedish duck meatballs, chicken liver on toast and the steak tartare. All three were absolutely delicious and paired beautifully with our wine. The Swedish duck meatballs were seasoned with fine herbs and served with a wonderful dijon sauce. The chicken liver on toast was amazing! It was served with honey and sea salt. It was a great balance of sweet and salt. And the steak tartare was served with smoked cheddar tuile, quail egg, mustard greens and grilled rye bread. It was incredible! This may have been one of the best steak tartares we have ever ordered.

We had high hopes for Royal Boucherie and they delivered on all fronts. It had all the charm we hoped for and the food and drinks were amazing. We plan on going back soon for a proper dinner and we can’t wait! Old city Philadelphia has a lot of wonderful restaurants but make sure you add Royal Boucherie to you list of “go to” spots!

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