Cellar Tasting and Dinner at the Rittenhouse Hotel

This past Sunday, the Rittenhouse Hotel hosted a wonderful wine tasting in their beautiful ballroom. Guests got a chance to savor wines from over 50 vineyards. We did our best to try them all, but in the end, we fell short. Overall, the wines we did sample were very good. Some of our favorites were a couple of 1995 Poco do Lobo wines from Portugal, and Moet champagne.

The hotel also provided plenty of bottled water, and a nice charcuterie spread with various cheeses, fruits, breads and crackers. It was a great respite when one needed a wine timeout! Patron tequila was also represented, and their margarita was amazing. We also tried their Reposedo tequila neat, and it was so good. It had a smooth, smoky, grassy finish. This was one tequila that I could drink straight.

After the wine tasting, we headed over to the hotel’s restaurant, Lacroix, for a incredible dinner. Since we had reached our wine limit for the evening, I ordered a Kir Royale cocktail, and Eric enjoyed his Patron margarita so much that he got another with dinner. We started with oysters on the half shell that were delicious. They were cleaned and shucked perfectly.

We next ordered the ceviche, that was made with orange, carrot, kohlrabi, and mint. It was so light, flavorful, and a fantastic mix of color and freshness. I ordered their soup of the day, which was a cream of rutabaga. It was amazing. It had a perfect creamy consistency, and was seasoned beautifully.

For our entrees, I ordered there steak frites, which was a beef filet, and served with bordelaise sauce and pomme puree. This may have been the best steak I have ever had, and I have had some really excellent steaks. It was cooked a perfect medium rare. The sauce and pomme puree were the perfect accompaniments to this wonderful steak. Eric ordered the scallops, served with Spanish octopus, chickpeas and crispy rice. It was amazing. The scallops had a wonderful sear, and they were cooked textbook perfect. Both entrees were simply stunning, and this may have been one of the best dinners we have ever had.

Since it was my birthday, we kept it light, but ordered the pear panna cotta. It was served with an apple compote, vanilla, and poppy seed. It was delicious. As an added surprise, the restaurant brought out for me a wonderful treat, with “happy birthday” written in chocolate.

If you ever get a chance, you must go to Lacroix for dinner. The food was absolutely amazing. The service and attention to detail is among the best in the city. Everyone was so pleasant and friendly. It’s one of the reasons why the Rittenhouse Hotel is one of our favorite spots for food and cocktails. They also have live jazz music downstairs outside their other bar, the Library Bar. Make sure you read my articles about the Rittenhouse!


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