Dine artfully at Philbrook's new Kitchen 27

Under the direction of chef James Shrader of the Palace Cafe and Prairie Fire Pie, Kitchen 27 replaced La Villa as Philbrook’s restaurant this spring.



K27 Cheeseburger

Light pours in through the windows at Kitchen 27 at Philbrook Museum of Art.

Over lemon-rosemary salmon a diner says, “This has got to be the best view of any restaurant in Tulsa.”

It’s hard to argue. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows, diners look out to Philbrook’s immaculate gardens and tempietto. And above the dining room is an airy look toward the museum rotunda.

Under the direction of chef James Shrader of the Palace Cafe and Prairie Fire Pie, Kitchen 27 replaced La Villa as Philbrook’s restaurant this spring.

Most of the buzz about Kitchen 27 has been around its Friday dinners. Shrader created an elegant, but not fussy, menu. A first course of seared scallops ($15) over corn, potato and bacon relish is a favorite. For dinner, a rosemary-garlic marinated hanger steak ($28) is beautifully served with smoky balsamic red onions, braised kale and roasted root vegetables.

Vietnamese chicken salad

Museum members have especially taken to the happy hour menu from 3-6 p.m., Fridays. Shareable plates of truffle French fries, steak kebabs, black bean cakes and a burger with Irish cheddar, onion ring and horseradish mayo are more elevated than your typical happy hour bar food.

Weekday lunches at Philbrook have always been a mix of business lunches and leisurely lunch dates (the kind where a glass of wine at 1 p.m. is entirely appropriate). Diners now have a nice choice of house-made soups, like tomato bisque and crab-corn chowder. Shrader’s menus have always been accommodating to vegetarians and vegans, and Kitchen 27 follows that protocol. Vegetarian and vegan soup options are always available.

Grilled asparagus salad

Lunch salads at Kitchen 27 are so much more than lettuce greens, carrots and cucumbers. These salads offer interesting flavors and colorful presentation. Take the grilled asparagus salad ($15, full; $8, half) with its layers of asparagus, Yukon gold potatoes, arugula, roasted pepper and artichokes in Italian salsa verde. Other salads include a Vietnamese chicken salad, panzanella and a chicken chopped salad with avocado, basil, cucumber and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

The lunch lemon-rosemary salmon ($15) is a favorite, served with a bright roasted pepper coulis.

Weekends at Philbrook are always busy, and the same goes for the dining room. Since Kitchen 27 opened, tables have been filling up at 10 a.m., when brunch begins.

Kitchen 27’s name is inspired by Philbrook history — founded in 1927 —  and the museum’s location, 2727 S. Rockford Road.

Saturday brunch is a mix of fun fare — like doughnuts with a maple-vanilla glaze ($6) — and heartier foods like steak and eggs ($18) with hollandaise sauce and home fries, or a waffle and sausage Benedict ($14): mini waffles layered with maple sausage, a poached egg and hollandaise.

Sunday brunch is served buffet style for $27.95 per person. The Sunday we visited, the dining room was packed with many people creating their own drinks at the bloody mary bar.

The seafood bar featured oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon and jumbo shrimp with a sriracha cocktail sauce. The classic brunch buffet included an omelet station, waffles, bacon and sausage. Many diners also chose the chef’s egg special: poached eggs served on chopped brisket with roasted vegetables.

For lunch and dinner, Shrader doesn’t skimp on dessert, and the lemon meringue tart ($6) is one of the best. A ginger shortbread is filled with lemon curd, topped with a toasted meringue. Spiced chocolate pots de crème ($8) and a praline ice cream ball ($6) are both fantastic. 

 

Kitchen 27 at Philbrook

2727 S. Rockford Road | 918-748-5367 | philbrook.org/dine
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday-Friday | Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m., Friday
Dinner: 5-9 p.m., Friday | Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday

 

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