Went recently and shared mussels, pommes frites, and sushi with the table. As always the food was delicious. The bartenders were so busy talking amongst themselves, however, they ignored the patrons. The hostesses acted as though we were fortunate they were paying attention to us. Definitely not up to par with my earlier visits many years ago. Given the sheer number of new and established restaurants that offer both fantastic service and food, there is no reason to go back for a long while.
Dinner last night at the Fat Hen was a pleasure. My good friend, her mother, and I enjoyed big, succulent mussels with bacon and artichokes; using our bread to soak up the "butter soup" left over was not only delicious but fun. The Coq Au Vin was rich but not overwhelming and the tender pieces of butternut squash tossed with the hericovert was delightful. The Shrimp and Crab was a great surprise; this dish had just enough spice, just enough butter, and just enough plump pink shrimp. We didn't make it to dessert but the Blackberry Cobbler was enticing, I'm sure we would have had it but we had movie tickets.
Our server was attentive, timely, and warm. He provided a great suggestion for wine pairing, anticipated our needs, and although busy, was relaxed and friendly. This staff is really a team and you can see that the servers, server assistants, and host staff make every effort for the dining experience to be seamless.
Oh yeah, there is bacon: cubed bacon, bacon lardons, and crispy bacon. The celebration of bacon is winding down, but The Fat Hen uses the bacon as a flavor enhancer (a little salt here, a little smoke there, a little meaty bit here, a little fatty bit there), the bacon doesn't overwhelm the accompanying flavors.
I live in Goose Creek and I will gladly drive to John's Island to enjoy this gem of a restaurant again.
My wife and I went in for a late supper Saturday night close to ten o'clock, pre-Built to Spill at the Farm, after the Grocery messed up our reservations. We had the foie, the beef tartar, the sweetbreads and the charcuterie. Everything was delicious. Nice to see an old school place still doing well.
Only went in for the mussels, but they were out of this world good.
Bacon and Blue cheese with lots of bread to sop up the love.
Simply great. Can not say enough about the "rib" and the fries. Just awesome.
Wonderful place, vibe, food. Looking for an excuse to drive out there again!
Wow! My wife and I love fine dining and this restaurant is a fine diamond without the high price! The service is great, the atmosphere is great and the service is great!
We here at G & M are deeply distressed and embarrassed over your recent account of your dining experience with us. We are not accustomed to failing a customer so absolutely as we did with you and your family. We are better than this! Can you give us another chance? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to dine with us again; our TREAT, of course. Every year we strive to be a better Café than the year before. Your input assures us that we reach that goal.
Our Sincerest Apologies,
Management at G & M
Haven't been in years. Went to G & M Friday, June 24, 2011, for dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. Not crowded, just a few patrons, about 7 PM.
This rates as one of my worst Charleston dining experiences.
I ordered the double baguette with Roast beef and Mimolette, side of mayo.
Out of baquettes, no Mimolette, don't serve Mayo. OK, I order sourdough and Muenster instead.
When the meals arrive, my sandwiches were, well, laughable. I SINGLE slice of roast beef, a fair amount of hand sliced cheese, a couple leaves of lettuce, and a couple slices of tomato. It was if I was visiting a down-and-out friend who offered the best he could knowing it was the thought and effort that counted. I can accept that graciously...but not at a restaurant.
Difference...This IS a restaurant, the customer expects and is entilted to a fair, if not generous portion, to complete an order. These sad sandwiches should have come with an apology and an offer for another dinner on the house.
The other members of our party faired a little better. One received the wrong soup with her meal. Two ordered the chicken special. No one was sure how it was cooked, both complained it was bland and lacked flavor, thumbs down from both. It tasted to me as if it had been boiled. But there is more, a single breast was split between the two orders, so that the meals could arrive at the same time, as our waiter explained. Another portion would be "right out". It finally arrived after everyone had finished and couldn't wait to leave...had to get that to go.
Ingredients seem to be fresh, but WTF! Not remotely French, and not fast, service poor to fair, had to continue to request water, etc, etc. My son's grilled cheese was good though. I made myself something to eat when I got home.
I cannot recommend G & M to anyone, I am not that cruel. Used to be a fun place to get a decent meal.
We went for sunday brunch and had a great meal! We had the crab soup to start which was deliciously creamy. I had the apple bacon duck andouille gratin which was a hearty choice for spring brunch yet still mouthwateringly tasty. My bf had the burrito which was pretty standard as far as charleston breakfast burritos go, though the avocado topping was a wonderful dressing with nice hints of lime and cilantro. Finally we had the passionfruit sorbet, and though i'm not truly a sorbet fan, it was very refreshing and tart. All in all an awesome brunch experience - the service was friendly and inviting though clearly the regulars get the best attention, and I don't necessarily think that's such a bad thing! Definitely Charleston's best kept secret for brunch!
The food was excellent, I had the rabbit. It was incredibly noisy though, and I was a little confused about the "fine dining" face of the restaurant, compared to the "sports bar" atmosphere of the bar. Maybe we just went on an odd night.
Delectable Food, Cozy Atmosphere, Amazing Service!
I went to "the Fork" this past Friday with my other half. We were seated by the front window at a sweet table for two- the atmosphere was so cozy and comfortable- like being in a French mama's dining room- we were made to feel very at home & very welcome by our awesome server Liz and Kerranna (our buser) was fun and friendly to talk to also! The food was fantastic- if you are a Beef Tartare fan- have it- it is lovely and creamy and the capers give it the perfect zing to off-set the creaminess of the egg- delectable! If you order beef and Liz is your server - be sure to ask her where the beef comes from- she is extremely knowledgeable about the menu items and probably one of the best servers I've had so far in town. Loved the Foie Gras pate- amazing and creamy and perfectly complimented by the prune compote- I would eat that everyday if I could. Also enjoyed the mussels and the white wine & garlic sauce they were sauteed in- my mouth is watering writing about it! The Pomme frites fried in duck fat- I don't even need to say anything here- you can just imagine how good those were. As we were about to leave Perig himself came over and and introduced himself- amazingly charming and charismatic owner! Felt very intrigued by him- will definitely be going back for the food and another Perig sighting!
They have the best brunch in the Charleston area. I love this place!
Went on a Wensday evening. I have to say Im glad I did, though there were flaws. First of all the service was SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. And I mean Slow. As an App I had the Mussles. The broth was fantastic, but were slightly overcooked. My wife had the Scallop Gratinee, which is exactly the same as Rue de Jean, though the Haricot Verts were better. As my main I had the Shrimp and Crab, which was wonderful, but didnt live up to the "spicy" label. Also, the dish it was served in had a quarter sized chip in it. After our meal we had the Creme Brulee, safe I know but a good brulee is a weakness of mine. and it was good. Overall worth a trip, just expect to take some time over dinner, and longer waiting for the check
I really enjoyed my brunch experience. I had the fried green tomato app and the apple and duck sausage gratin. Very rich, very yummy!
Upon opening, I was a frequent visitor for food and drink. Food was always good and enjoyed the familiar crowd.
Some time back, I stopped in for a beer and meal, late night, and not too busy.
Hostess and staff put me off quite a while seating others, kept myself and a friend waiting as if at a bus stop. After getting undivided attention, we were informed "they were running out of meat and shutting the kitchen down", but "AC's across the street is still serving"!!!
Q.So why are you seating others that came in after us? A."They had reservations"
You get the idea. Boycott list forever. Unacceptable. No stars and a middle finger.
Walking distance from my home...I'll go anywhere but 39 Rue de Jean and never recommend.
We lucked into this great authentic French restaurant when the highly touted nearby places were too noisy and too big. Two appetisers (eggplant-zuchinni-goat cheese-tomato with sauce and duck confit-spinach-duck pate salad) made a whole meal for each of us, topped off with profiterols and French press coffee. My Cote de Rhone 2007 was excellent and not overpriced. It reminded us of the neighborhood family restaurant we found near our hotel in Paris in 1978 but there was no family dog making the rounds of the tables for snacks. We'll come back anytime we're in Charleston.
We'll be back, but not likely to order the same thing. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the company of some other patrons. The bar tender was very helpful by offering a better recommendation from the bottle of wine that we selected (for I believe a $2 difference in price w/ a $20 difference in taste). Their duck fat fried french fries are as good as they say and if for nothing else, you should stop in and enjoy a glass of wine with a basket of those fries. We also had a braised steak dish with carrots and potatoes and a red wine reduction type sauce. It was good, but the steak was cooked too long and was dried out. 6 glasses of wine, one basket of fries, one entree and one desert ~ $120.
It was a good experience and we'll likely go back, just won't get the braised steak dish again.
There are two things that make us talk about Fast and French a year after leaving Charleston, and will make us come back again: Chocolate Croissants and French Press Coffee. Not too sweet, perfect taste!
Just not that impressed...
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