Lunch @ R2L, Philadelphia
I’ve heard a lot of good things about R2L and decided to try the place on my way back from New York the day after New Year. I’m sad to say that I’m a bit disappointed. I was expecting a modern chic restaurant but was greeted by big band music playing on stereo and zebra print seats. I understand that the cuisine is American, simply prepared. However, I never thought how boring fresh ingredients simply prepared could be.
The bread basket was innovative – mustard butter with very thin toasts. It was a bit difficult to eat because it flakes all over you with every bite. And, the toast was a bit bitter for me but the mustard butter had an interesting complex taste.
The Lobster Mac and Cheese was disappointing. I can taste the freshness of the lobster but the dish was not as creamy as I expected. Or, should I have mixed the butter and cheese together? Nevertheless, since the dish is priced at $18, I expect a finished product that’s creamy and delicious. R2L failed to deliver there.
The R2L Burger was mediore. It was lean and dry with a hint of lemon. It was plated nicely with chips made in house. However, I prefer my burger juicer with a bit more fat mixed in.
The best was the dessert cart.
Overall: A visit to this place maybe worth it at night when the lights of Philadelphia are aglow. But let’s be honest, I think a trip to Times Square in NYC can better cure that fix. There are so many other new restaurants sprouting up in the Philadelphia which have exciting new menus. Spend your money wisely.