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Monday, January 21, 2013

Rouge - where French food goes to taste good

205 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square

On a cold windy night, we found our way in Rouge on Rittenhouse Square.  Having walked by this place many times, I was never really impressed with their front, but inside, the atmosphere is warm and cozy.

The first dish that was served up was the French onion soup with gruyere and provolone.  I didn't have this, but word is it was good.  I had the King Salmon - a nicely cooked filet of salmon laid on top of a mixture of kale and red quinoa.  The salmon was delicious, but the kale and quinoa were mediocre at best with little to no flavor.  I asked for the dish without the honey-mustard sauce since I'm not a fan of mustard, so that may had altered the intended flavor profile.  I did ask if they could substitue the mustard sauce with something else, but was basically told there wasn't a substitute.  I had a bite of the Seafood Risotto, which tasted fresh and flavorful, unlike my kale.  We also shared the truffle parmesan pommes frites - come on, you know nothing with truffle oil can go wrong.

My delicious salmon paired with some bland kale and quinoa
Seafood risotto that needed a little mixin' to get the heat going
And the fries!

For dessert, we had the olive oil lemon cake served with vanilla gelato and cherry (?) spread.  We didn't taste much of the vanilla in the vanilla gelato, but this only made the flavor of the olive oil lemon cake stand out even more.  We also had the ice cream sliders - two of which were light and delightful, the third one (peanut butter) was the unwanted third wheel with no contrast in flavor and heavy to the palate.

Olive oil lemon cake with vanilla gelato
The sliders
Overall, the food was great; however, there were a couple misses.  First, we each had a small plate and a butter knife, but no one brought out any bread.  After the French onion soup was served, we had to flag down one of the waiters to bring over the bread.  Second, the outer layer of the risotto came out cold, and needed to be mixed up to distribute the inner heat out.  Third, it would had been great if the kitchen tossed the fries and truffle parmesan first, rather than just sprinkling the parmesan on top (which means by the time you get to the fries at the bottom, they're just plain old fries).  So, no big mistakes that can't easily be fixed.  In the words of a terminator, I'll be back.


  1. Your blog about French food is awesome. I really enjoyed while i am reading this nice post. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I like french cuisine food very much and i have learn many french recipes which i got from youtube and many other website. I like visiting French restaurants in weekend.

  2. Thanks Cathyee for reading and glad you enjoyed the post!


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