Ralph's South Philly/ King of Prussia branch
Has anyone been to this new restaurant?
I have not been to this new location. I will be very interested in viewing the answers to your question and the comments. My experience with previous Ralph's have always been poor at best. Their other venture in Ambler failed quickly on a main street in the middle of town next to two theaters. Perhaps the name (past fame) will be a draw in a heavy traffic area. There is significant Italian food competition there, it should be interesting to see if they can survive and with a high per sq. ft. rent.
I am very interested to hear what you think. My wife and I went there a few weeks ago to check it out and were very disappointed. I used to live right near the italian market and would go to Ralphs every once in a while for dinner.
I was never overly impressed with the meal but liked the vibe of the old school Italian decor. We figured we would give the new place a shot since we are suburbanites now and our options are limited.
Here is a breakdown of what I can remember.
We were seated very quickly and the restaurant was beautiful, huge room with very high ceilings. We were seated in the bar area since we didn't have a reservation and the server came right over with menus and a wine list. We ordered a bottle of a sangiovese which took forever to come out and when she finally came back she was not sure it was the right bottle. Luckily it was the right wine and we had our glasses filled.
Now onto the food. We started with a cheese plate that was on the pricey side, when it came out I was blown away. It was 3 pieces of cheese spread out on a large plate with a balsamic glazed drizzled over the top and a few grapes placed around the plate. In the middle of the plate was an old shriveled up strawberry. I actually thought it was a joke, it looked like something a child would put out and the cheese tasted like it was not kept properly and had a refrigerator taste.
The entrees were equally disappointing, my wife ordered a crab parpadelle dish that the waitress raved about. When it came out it looked really bad. It was watery pasta with a tomato sauce dumped on top with small pieces of crab floating around in it. They did not finish the pasta off in the sauce so there was no flavor in the pasta and it was literally watery from not being drained properly, the sauce had no flavor. My dish was a little better but still pretty bad. I ordered the braciole which looked nice on the plate but was very tough and lacked flavor. Braciole should be tender and thinly sliced and this was neither.
We turned down dessert for fear of an even bigger letdown and headed for the hills. I was really surprised at how bad it was and hope this was just an off night for them. We will not be back to find out.
daveadoff, sorry seem you have bitten the bullet a bit ahead of arepo. Should be interesting to compare experiences. Had been to Ralph's in South Philly just once on the request of a customer. After dinner he apologized to me for the suggestion. It was lousy! So in my book I don't know why anyone would go to Ralph's anywhere. Sinatra pictures or not!
Although I am commited to going Monday for my son's birthday celebration (his choice/not mine), I am not at all surprised to hear that I will more than likely be disappointed because I never actually even liked the center city one.
My only hope is that it's pretty tough to ruin a simple spaghetti marinara and a caesar salad. That's the extent of it for me.
The things we do to please our kids.