My girlfriend and I arrived at Russet a little early for our 7:00 reservation for 4, but they seated us anyway. While we waited for our friends to arrive they poured wine and brought us some sparkling water.
Our friends arrived and after a little conversation, we turned our attention to the menu.
The menu changes regularly at Russet based on the local seasonal ingredients, so don’t expect what we ate to be on the menu tomorrow.
We all decided to go “all in” and get both a first and second course, followed by dessert. My girlfriend and I tend to share everything so that we can try more things.
The first course for Erica and I was pasta. I got the ravioli, she got the spaghetti. Both we delightful. Given my low carb diet, this was a treat for me. The ravioli were heavenly and rich. There were mushrooms, veal ragu and a light cream sauce.
The spaghetti was bright with olives, preserved lemon and chili flakes.
For second course, I opted for the ribeye while Erica got Sea Bass. Both were extraordinary as the protein itself was perfectly cooked, as were the accompanying elements. On the ribeye, the potato pancake and cabbage that came with it were rich and created a medley of textures.
The sea bass was crispy and seasoned with just the right amount of salt and pepper. On both dishes, the best word to characterize it would be balanced.
I didn’t try the salmon, but you can see for yourself, that it looks amazing. Our friends would testify under oath that it was delicious.
Finally, when it came time for dessert, I could look no further than the butterscotch pot de creme.
Russet is a BYOB at 1521 Spruce St. I strongly recommend you try it out.
Philly is known for it’s culture of BYOBs, and I think Russet might be among the best.