#100, 207 9th Ave SW
Hours of operation: Mon – Fri (opens 11:30 a.m.), Sat (opens 5 p.m.), closed Sun
Price range: $$$$
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch w/co-workers: No
Social Lunch: Yes
Quick solo lunch: No
Time in: 12:21 p.m.
Ordered: 12:27 p.m.
Food arrived: 12:39 p.m.
Time out: 1:13 p.m.
Total time: 52 minutes
Low $: Seasonal Greens, $9
High $: Three-Course Lunch, $38
Lunch menu: Yes, separate menu
When I created the Lunch Rush column, my idea was to cover all lunch options from hot dog stands to fine dining, and I feel I have been achieving this with one exception; the fine dining.
I will be the first to admit that I am a bit naïve when it comes to this level of dining. ‘“Which fork do I use” and “what the heck is that” all come to the top of my mind.
But it is time and so I choose the newly opened Rush restaurant for my foray. What a smart decision that was. Everything about Rush symbolizes fine dining.
It is spacious and includes a separate lounge (complete with open, marble bar), a large walk-in wine cellar that would make any sommelier drool with envy and private dining areas for small groups. The highlight would have to be the Chef’s Table, a private seating area for eight that is located intimately in the kitchen, which puts you in the heart of the restaurant.
The lunch menu was mainly a fixed price menu consisting of a two- or three-course combination of appetizers, main dish and/or dessert. I chose the two-course lunch ($29) and opted for the appetizer of Roasted Pumpkin and Sage Risotto followed by the Swordfish. The meal was delicious and left me wanting to try more.
Rush is what I would call traditional fine dining with a touch of modernity. What impressed me were the little things that make it stand out. The tables have purse hooks, you get complimentary bread and a little appetizer and the salt and pepper comes in a bowl and spoon set. Even the tap water is filtered through an in house system and delivered to your table in a glass bottle.
Rush is made for power lunches and is even the type of place to which you take an out-of-town client for the purpose of impressing.