The R Bar
October 20, 2009 at 1:26 pm
I made my first visit to the R Bar Saturday night, and it won’t be my last. I loved the ambiance. While the exterior of the building is nondescript, a gorgeous, 37 foot bar runs the length of the narrow dining room, and piped-in 1940’s music sets the tone from the moment you walk in the door. Though Sean Moriarty, bartender-extraordinaire (previously of City Tavern) is in residence here, there’s more to the experience than a well-mixed cocktail. Alex Pope, former sous-chef at the American Restaurant, is in the kitchen, turning out creative and reasonably priced cuisine. All dinner entrees except the hangar steak are under $20.
We tried two appetizers, the most successful of which was the grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes and apple curry sauce. The other was a cassoulet slaw with chicken confit-I enjoyed the textures, but the color was one-dimensional.
Scallops atop a sweet potato tart and bacon lardons were outstanding, and the pork belly with smoked collards and crisp polenta was also a winner. My one beef with the menu is that it doesn’t offer many choices for vegetarians or non-meat eaters. No fish, and the one pasta was tossed in a rich cream sauce, which may not be to everyone’s liking. A funky little funnel cake is brought to the table after the server takes your order, but that’s the closest thing they have to bread service, which makes it difficult to mop up some of the chef’s savory sauces.
The R Bar is so named because owner Joy Jacobs found the Rexall Drug logo in a nearby salvage yard and decided it would be a perfect name and icon for the restaurant. It’s in the West Bottoms across from the Golden Ox, so it may not be top of mind when contemplating an evening out. But don’t let the location deter you, this is an area in the midst of a revival, and the R Bar is working hard to make its mark.
Entry filed under: restaurants. Tags: cocktails, West Bottoms.