Butter: what a great name for a restaurant! Catchy, it definitely appealed to me when I was looking for a nice restaurant on a Friday night. Butter is owned by executive and celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli who crafted a seasonal menu served in a stunning place where nature is predominant.
I love that space, with its very high ceilings, and small booths that are perfect for an intimate dining experience.
I started the meal with a cocktail and chose the Bitter sling, made with Templeton rye, Rittenhouse rye, orgeat, almond syrup and orange bitters, topped with an orange peel. It started well. And I am not talking about the fact that the glass was large, but more because this cocktail was delicious, delightfully bitter, as its name indicated.
As we were ordering, they brought us some homemade rolls that were very good, accompanied with some butter (here you go!). One was a sour cream butter, the other one an herb butter.
Then, we decided to order few dishes to share. The first one was the stuffed cherry peppers that were sitting on top of burnt brioche crumbles. They were filled with smoked ricotta that counteracted the slight heat of the peppers.
The next dish was the cavatappi pasta served with a spicy lamb sausage and a yellow tomato sauce. I was really looking forward for that dish as I love lamb sausage and wish it was more present on restaurants menus. The pasta was perfectly cooked al dente and I liked the tomato sauce that, with its yellow color, was fairly original.
After that, we got the Trumpet Royale mushrooms à la plancha. The mushrooms were served with brown butter and a sweet potato vinaigrette. If you like mushrooms, I highly recommend this dish. There were lots of these large and meaty mushrooms, that were cooked to perfection.
Our last dish was the gnocchi mac and cheese. I was intrigued by this take on a classic dish and was not disappointed at all. The gnocchi were light and melted in my mouth, smothered by lots of cheese (petit basque and aged cheddar).
Of course we could not leave without dessert and chose the raspberry beignets, served with a thick crème anglaise. These beignets were of a good size, in fact too big after such a meal, but who could resist them? They were simply fantastic, the raspberry filling oozing from the first bite to the next.
We left full and glad we tried that place that is definitely recommended. So, no need to ask me if I would go back. The question is when.
Enjoy (I did)!
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