The restaurant is located on the second floor of the Rittenhouse, on the square. We went there for Sunday brunch; the welcome was outstanding, the restaurant's General Manager was at reception welcoming guests, which boded well for the future.
Our waiter (Mark) gave us an introduction of the buffet and explained the proceedings: starters are close to the entrance, main courses are...in the kitchen and the dessert buffet is in the middle of the restaurant. The trip to the kitchen for the main course was, in my opinion, worth the visit alone.
The food was outstanding throughout, which makes one wonder why this restaurant is ommited from the michelin stars. We've eaten at star restaurants in other US cities and Europe and the food here was definitely on par. My preference in starters went to the sausage and buttermilk beignets and the scallop sausage for the main dishes. In case you're a chocoholic like me, there's dark and milk chocolate fountains and various exquisite desserts.
In terms of drinks, the mimosa and the spring garden cocktails were outstanding.
Even though the place was crowded, our server took the time to cater to our every wish, in a very professional and unobtrusive way. At the end of the meal, I asked for matches (for future use) and they were brought to us by the GM himself, who had earlier stopped at our table to enquire how we were doing.
In short, if you want a slice of extra-good on your plate and in terms of service, visit the Lacroix.
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