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a.kitchen

135 S. 18th St. (Sansom St.) Send to Phone
215-825-7030 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Artisanal American cuisine in Rittenhouse Square.
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Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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a.kitchen Restaurant Review

: This cozy 60-seat restaurant is adjacent to the AKA Rittenhouse Square hotel. In a modern, crisp space that includes a marble chef's counter (the best seats in the house) and a smattering of sidewalk seating, a.kitchen specializes in innovative small plates, dishes that strike a fine balance between style and substance. A homemade English muffin is the building block of a breakfast sandwich, and does justice to a bacon-cheddar burger at lunch. Smoked scallops, scrambled eggs and horseradish; mushroom-stuffed quail with pancetta, turnips and sage; corkscrew pasta with duck ragoƻt and rosemary: each dish delivers a flavor punch. The menu changes seasonally, so that's just a taste of what you can expect. Consultant David Fields created a mid-size Euro-centric wine list highlighting boutique producers from regions such as the Loire, Alsace and Finger Lakes. There's also a craft beer selection and an array of cocktails. Desserts might include goat cheese cheesecake with Riesling sorbet or fresh-baked shortbread with lemon curd, which arrives warm and fragrant to the table. Next door is a.bar, an intimate cocktail lounge featuring an extensive raw bar and an assortment of seafood-driven small plates and charcuterie.

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