Saturday, January 19, 2013

Charleston Restaurant Week- 3 courses for $40.00

Tucked down a quaint brick walkway off North Market, the Peninsula Grill at the Planter's Hotel is an oasis of style, grace and good food.  We were greeted for our early evening reservations by a very accommodating hostess who seated us at a comfortable table, giving us a choice of seating due to my mobility issues.  A parade of employees, including Jonathan, our excellent server, brought us cold drinks, freshly baked bread and knowledgeable descriptions of the courses offered on the restaurant week menu.  
We each chose the Trio of Soup for our first course, an offering of soups available nightly on the regular Peninsula Grill menu.  The Lobster Corn Chowder was chunky, with a mild flavor.  The Cauliflower Soup was smooth, extremely flavorful, with a bit of a spicy zing.  My favorite, the Mushroom Bisque, was a dark, rich soup, with tiny chunks of apple and a hint of cinnamon.  It was easily my favorite part of the meal.
For our second course, we chose the Trois de la Mer and the Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop.  The three fish components of the Trois de la Mer were shrimp, scallop and trout.  The shrimp was grilled in mild spices and served over a wilted greens salad.  Delicious!  The large sea scallop was grilled in salt and pepper and served on whipped potatoes.  The trout, flavored with red pepper, was tender and flaky.
The pork chop was very good sized, served over Dixie grits and smokey bacon jus.  Scattered around this pork centerpiece were perfectly prepared roasted brussels sprouts, which were so full of flavor that I could have eaten an entire plate full.  
We finished the meal with coffee and Chocolate Grand Marnier Bread Pudding.  The pudding was dense, with a pleasant orange taste.  It was topped with very thin slices of white chocolate and accompanied by a dollop of vanilla bean chantilly cream.  It was a very rich dessert that I could only eat half of.  My dining partner, however, had no problem eating every bite.  
So...great atmosphere, delicious food and a lovely parade of wait staff gives Peninsula Grill an A+.

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