RT Rotisserie, the casual, rotisserie-centered restaurant from Rich Table’s Sarah and Evan Rich, is ramping up for an April opening. When news of the expansion was announced last fall, fans of Rich Table’s California cuisine (and porcini doughnuts) were excited for another way to experience the Rich’s food under the veil of fast casual dining.
So, here it comes, with a shiny red Rotisol rotisserie as the centerpiece of the 46-seat, 800-square-foot space. Based on the size (which is small for a restaurant but would be an enormous studio apartment in SF), it’s going to be a cozy atmosphere, with a lot of white oak walls and details reminiscent of Rich Table from the design team at Fine Root.
Last fall, Evan told Eater that he wants RT Rotisserie to be particularly of service to parents (like himself) and people on-the-go, with delivery takeout through Caviar. It’s also intended to be a cozy place for a meal with friends, a very low-key way. “There's something about chopping up a whole chicken and eating with your hands that really brings the table together,” said Rich. “I want it to have zero pretension, but also to make it unmistakably Rich Table.”
As a result, the menu will be simple: rotisserie-roasted Rocky’s Jr. chicken, porchetta from SF butcher Olivier’s and cauliflower will be the base. Each of those options will be brined and brushed with a smoked, roasted garlic oil, and finished with fresh herbs like shiso and mint, and lemon. Diners choose one of the three mains which are available as a sandwich on Dutch Crunch bread, or in a salad with miso vinaigrette. Finally, diners choose arguably the most important important component of all: Sauce. There will be four or five sauces each day, like a dried chipotle sauce, avocado ranch, the ultra Californian Douglas Fir sour cream, chimichurri, and Evan’s grandmother’s signature barbecue sauce.
Of course there’ll be sides, like sweet potato fries dusted with Rich Table’s famous porcini powder and herbs, charred cabbage slaw, and oysters on the half shell. Sarah Rich is working on desserts, with classic options like mint chocolate cookies, a bowl of market fruit, and seasonal sorbets.
And like the rest of the menu, drinks are simple, too: One bottled beer, on rotating draft beer, one red, white, rose, and sparkling wine each, sodas, and a shiso lemonade. They’re also working on a proprietary bottling of Pinot Noir with Jamie Kutch from Sonoma’s Kutch Wines.
RT Rotisserie is just down the block from its older sibling at 101 Oak St. When it opens, hours will be 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, the Cities Director for Eater, is the author of Rich Table's impending cookbook. She has recused herself from involvement in any Rich Table coverage on Eater.