There are a number of restaurants located around Rittenhouse Square. One that we walk by often is Rouge. We never went in to check them out, and then at the beginning of this year, they closed for renovations. When they reopened in March, there was a positive response about how beautiful the restaurant looked. We were intrigued, and had to finally try them. I’m so glad we did.
When we first walked into Rouge, we were amazed how wonderful the place looked. It was bright, well lit, and very inviting. The bar area was almost full. We got the last two seats, and started out with a couple of cocktails.
I ordered the Tokyo Fizz, made with Roku gin, cranberry syrup, fresh lime juice, and egg white, and Eric ordered The Muse, made with Roku gin, green chartreuse, St. Germaine, mint, and lemon. Both were absolutely fantastic. I liked my drink so much, that I stuck with it for the rest of the evening. Later on, Eric had to try their Sazerac, which was made with Knob Creek rye, Courvoisier VS, simple syrup, bitters, and an absinthe spritz. It also was fantastic.
Their food menu was really impressive. Everything looked so good, and it was difficult deciding what to order. We split several dishes and started with the duck wings. They were cooked perfectly and delicious. We next ordered the cauliflower croquettes. These were amazing. They were served with an herb mayo and trout roe. We next tried their Spanish octopus which came with purple potato, green olive, celery, and basquaise. It was fantastic. The octopus was cooked just the way we like it. The next time we go back, we will definitely be ordering the Spanish octopus!
Next came our order of chicken liver mousse. It came with a port gelee, pickles, and toast. It was very well done. The creaminess of the mousse paired very well with the crispy bread. Our last dish was their lamb cigars. These were amazing. The lamb was cooked perfectly, and still had a hint of that gamey taste we love. It was served with chickpeas, and zhug.
Overall, Rouge did a fantastic job. The restaurant makeover was amazing, and the decor is beautiful. The cocktails were fantastic, and the food was delicious. We really had no complaints. The service, and attention to detail were also exceptional. Rouge is definitely on our list of favorite new restaurants. Be sure to give them a try!