Nick Elmi, Philly’s local Top Chef of Laurel and Bar ITV, has landed in Old city with the romantic Royal Boucherie.
Part brasserie (menu) and part bistro (ambiance), Royal Boucherie serves up a romantic scene with dim lights, tin ceilings, imposing wood bars, and old pine floors—all thanks to the elegant eye of Marguerite Rodgers Design. Add house-made charcuterie and royal seafood plateaus to the setting and you’ll feel as though you’ve just stepped off Rue Montorgueil in Paris.
Intimate spaces lay hidden throughout Royal Boucherie’s large interior. Behind the main bar, you’ll find a petite raw bar, while upstairs, an intimate dining room serves as the perfect venue for private events. If, like most Philadelphians, you’re waiting for spring thaw to explore the new and now, expect to find a terrace for al fresco dining upstairs and perhaps even a new exterior smoker for house-smoked specialties.
Royal Boucherie’s bar is central to the place and features vintage and temperance (non-alcoholic) cocktails, all expertly crafted. International beers, ciders, and a thoughtful, well-priced natural wine list join the mix.
The kitchen focuses on modern interpretations of classic French dishes, with something for every palate and dietary desire. A glimpse at the menu will reveal artisan, house-made charcuterie and cheeses to complement, as well as a raw bar featuring pristinely opened oysters, poached lobsters remoulade, shrimp cocktail, and poached razor clams. If you prefer your dinner warm, look no further than braised escargot, steak tartare, or a signature burger. Seared duck breast, lobster farfalle with truffle butter, and an exquisite sounding entrée of Maine scallops with trumpet mushrooms, porcini jus, and pumpkin seed granola remind us to indulge a little—we’re in France, after all!
Can’t make it to Paris? Head to Royal Boucherie for cocktails, snacks, or dinner—the perfect date and late-night spot, bien sur.
Hope Cohen is a chef, author, and food/media consultant. She has hosted over 400 cooking shows, working with Philadelphia chefs as well as those both nationally and internationally renowned. Hope likes to wander and is known to travel far and wide in search of interesting food, drinks, and destinations.
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