Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


Artisanal American cuisine in Rittenhouse Square.


Cuisine

Open
Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Features

* Click here for rating key



a.kitchen, Philadelphia, PA


Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.


a.kitchen Restaurant Review

: This sleek restaurant is adjacent to the AKA Rittenhouse Square hotel. In a modern, crisp space that includes a marble chef's counter and a smattering of sidewalk seating, a.kitchen specializes in innovative small plates 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. Dishes such as smoked beets with “almond cheese”; seared pompano with spring onion romesco; and lamb belly with blackberry barbecue sauce deliver a flavor punch with surprising savory flourishes. The menu changes seasonally, so that's just a taste of what you can expect. The mid-size Euro-centric wine list highlights 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 buckwheat pound cake with Asian pear curd or a semi-traditional bittersweet chocolate mousse with pumpkin seed, kumquat and licorice. Next door is a.bar, an intimate cocktail lounge featuring an extensive raw bar and an assortment of seafood-driven small plates, along with inventive spins on comfort fare such as burgers and fried chicken.





New craft beers
NEW CRAFT BEERS

Read GAYOT's reviews of new craft beer releases from top producers.







Stay in a romantic mood with this Rosé Champagne.

Read GAYOT's review.