Barclay Prime: Posh Plates and Monster Steaks
On a recent corporate dinner with my beau, I had the opportunity to have one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. A group of us ascended onto the stately-steakhouse, residing on the outline of Rittenhouse Square. The hostess walked us through a dimly lit hall; the walls lined floored to ceiling with dark mahogany wood. The dining room was reminiscent of a library in another time; dark wood alcoves were home to piles of books. Bright upholstery on the dining room chairs and banquets brought us back to this era, as did the food. Several bottles of red and white wine in, our first course was served.
I ordered the Gnocchi with Lamb Sausage. Fluffy pillows of potato and cheese doted the plate, while crisp rounds of homemade lamb sausage lay atop, all in a buttery herb sauce. This dish was decadent and very rich but not greasy or heavy. At it’s $17 price point, I believe it is overpriced for the portion.
The menu at Barclay Prime is set up so you can order your meat, sides, and sauces all separate. I ordered a 28 day dry-aged Porterhouse steak and the table shared sides: Truffled mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe, and potato gratin. Right before the steak hit the table, the waitstaff brought a tray filled with different branded steak knives; Wustof, Global, and Shun just to name a few. I felt that this was a really interesting touch that was well received. The steak itself was perfectly cooked to a medium rare with a warm pink center, thick caramelized-char on the outside, was seasoning was on point. I couldn’t get enough of this huge steak! There wasn’t a part of this entree that wasn’t flawless. The only downside is the price point, the steak alone was $58, sides ranged from $9-14 each. Although large prices are usually attached at steakhouses, I felt Barclay takes it a step too far.
If I wasn’t full enough, it was time for dessert! We each ordered a dessert and shared. I ordered the creme brûlée cake, and tasted the Peanut Butter Praline cake, and carrot cake as well. The creme brûlée cake was in one word GENIUS. There were layers of vanilla and chocolate mousse, devils food cake, and brûlée sugar at the top. The creamy, crunchy, chewy goodness of this dessert would please any palate. The other two desserts were both delicious but I think the creme brûlée cake was the best.
I love this place! If you have the expendable income I recommend you try it immediately, otherwise save it for a special occasion.
Chef Sean Gallagher
237 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103