Thursday, January 7, 2010

Robert's Of Charleston, Charleston, SC - June, 2007

Underdog and I celebrated our anniversary at Robert's, and we both enjoyed it a great deal. The menu is predetermined, and dinner consists of five courses served with complementary wines for around $85 a head. The food was good...not great, and nowhere near to being the best we've ever had...but fresh, fairly creative, and tasty with decent portion sizes. We began with the Pate Maison, which was a venison pate with some cheese nibbles on the side. It was tasty, albeit not as creamy as I usually enjoy...but I've never really met a pate I didn't like. We were then served a small plate of Southern Style Duckling, which was fabulously succulent and served perched atop a moist triangle of spinach cornbread (this is how we get the hub-units to eat their veggies, gurls ;) ). Next came the Local Asparagus Salad (comprised of mushrooms, frisee, asparagus, and white truffle vinaigrette...pretty good, but I've had better). We were each offered a selection of entrees (Grilled Veal Roulade, Roasted Beef Tenderloin, or Steamed Aromatic Local Grouper). My hub and I chose the two former dishes (respectively) and both were delicious. I thought our dessert (a somewhat gelatinous chocolate raspberry torte) fell a little short. The accompanying wines were quite nice, and our waiter was good about keeping our glasses filled.

The restaurant is beautiful, romantic and intimate, and it almost felt more like we were attending a dinner party than dining in a food service establishment. The seating encouraged us to chat a little with our nearby fellow diners, which was fun...and I also liked the pace of the dinner (expect to spend 2-1/2-3 hours enjoying your meal). Service was befitting the establishment, and I would rate it above average. The entertainment is truly the high point, however (Robert and staff members pepper the dining experience with amazing, Broadway caliber renditions of well-known show and opera tunes). Let them know if it's a special occasion and Robert will acknowlege it vocally. :) The entire package makes it well worth the price of admission. Very nice.

Robert serenades the anniversary couple:

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