Sunday, February 2, 2014

Peninsula Grill Provides Restaurant Week Thrill

One of Charleston's most highly touted restaurants, Peninsula Grill, did not disappoint when Alesia and I dined there for the first time in January.

Peninsula Grill is near the City Market entrance
It was the biannual Charleston Restaurant Week, and we were coming off another first time culinary experience at 82 Queen the weekend before.

Peninsula Grill, located in the Planters Inn at the corner of Meeting and North Market streets, proved a fine complement with its very formal single large dining room, compared to 82 Queen with its small, sectioned rooms within a beautiful old house (see my 82 Queen review).

Peninsula Grill is one of Charleston's most-celebrated and highly-regarded restaurants. It did not take long to start to see why. The place oozes class. I quickly wondered if I came under-dressed upon noticing that all the men were in coat and tie. But not all were, so I felt OK.

The staff here is first rate. We were warmly greeted by managers upon entering, and graciously thanked when we departed. Our server was very good. Everyone was attentive and showed great attention to detail and service.

With many of its entrees topping $40, Peninsula Grill's special Restaurant Week offering of $40 for a three-course meal was quite a value. Alesia and I both started with a cocktail and the Trio of Soup, which was three separate small portions of: lobster corn chowder, wild mushroom bisque, and heirloom pumpkin and sweet potato bisque. Have to say, I've never had (or heard of) pumpkin soup!

This was, indeed, a unique appetizer, giving diverse tastes. The soup and the warm bread served in a basket got things off to a fine start.
The soup trio was different- and good

Restaurant Week menu

 As you see in the menu above, pork, steak and seafood were the entrĂ©e options. We both opted for the grilled New York strip.  It was accompanied by creamy truffled herb risotto, baby vegetables that included asparagus, and black pepper natural jus.
Everything individually and collectively was delicious! I would go back again (and again!) for this meal, though maybe not at regular prices, maybe in September for the next Restaurant Week.
Excellent presentation- and flavors- with the N.Y. strip steak
Peninsula Grill is noted for its coconut cake. Interestingly, that was not on the dessert menu. But we did pay $10 for a to-go slice. Our waiter said the heavy concoction of deliciousness weighs 1 pound, per slice. It did have some weight to it, but also great taste.
For Restaurant Week, the dessert options were German chocolate bread pudding (below left) and orange spiced pound cake (also pictured below). I had the former; she had the latter. Both were excellent, maybe the chocolate bread pudding a little more so.

We thoroughly enjoyed Peninsula Grill and will surely keep it mind for special events, guests and, of course, future Charleston Restaurant Weeks. Maybe next time I'll really dress up and wear a coat and tie (OK, a coat, but probably not the tie).
The German chocolate cake was superb
The orange spiced pound cake balanced sin with
A toast to Peninsula Grill, which lived up to its lofty reputation
The dining room at Peninsula Grill