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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Fusion + Eclectic

Re: “The Mustard Seed

such an awesome menu and variety of flavors. Best menu in Charleston by far.Killer Pad Thai, great seafood, salads and lettuce wraps are so good.

Posted by coachz on January 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Mustard Seed

@ coachz Three Michelin stars. Are you retarded. This place is O.K. at best.

3 of 6 people like this.
Posted by F Cubed on January 8, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “The Green Door

Unique place with excellent food!!!

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by pizzaben on March 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Re: “The Green Door

update! our website is www.thegreendoorchs.com and our phone number is 754-9914 : )

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Posted by Roti Rolls on February 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

My go to brunch location! There are a number of great options for brunch, great sides, great drinks. Always dependable. The service some times isn't fantastic, which is the only thing that keeps me from giving 5-stars. I would always recommend Crave, especially for brunch.

Posted by AlexEatsKittens on October 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Cork Neighborhood Bistro

Food was good, but not anything super special. Reasonbly priced for what is offered. Excellent wine options. Staff very knowledgeable about wine menu.

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Posted by Mary Kathryn Gurganious on August 7, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Re: “Red Drum

I love Sunday Brunch. It is my favorite meal. I literally look forward to it every week. I have tried tons of brunch places in town. For the longest time Moe's was my hands down favorite (RIP). Triangle was my favorite party brunch place (the food...meh) and had great service.

Red Drum...surpasses them all. The food is fantastic and includes all the choices you would want from traditional to southern to unique (for Charleston). The bartender is always on top of your drink, and they have the most generous mimosas around. I also really like that the guys get their in a pint glass so they can still feel manly.
Get the fork and knife tacos...mmmmm.

If you haven't tried it for brunch - you are missing out.

Posted by Q on October 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

Wine bar, not. I am a little tired of hearing anyone with a wine list (which Eurasia actually has a decent one) call themselves a wine bar. Social is the only one close to wine bar in this area. Simply: a wine bar needs to offer a large variety of wines by the glass, it needs to do set flights and free form flights (ability to offer a half glass). It should have a preservation system unless the wine is marked and flies out.

That all being said, the bottle list here is good and a value to boot.

Food on the other hand was not stellar.

Fried Oysters: supposed to be served with Buere Blanc, couldn't discern, just ok

Caesar Salad: way underdressed, but the croutons were good bit heavy for the salad though

Off the Hook Rockafeller: two fried oysters on a filet (catch of the day) over mashed potatoes and spinach with fontina cream. pretty mundane, potatoes would be what you make for a big family dinner very nuetral, not enough of the fontina cream to taste past a bite or two, fish was fairly flavorless.

Fine Swine: sort of a cured tenderloin with pork fried rice taste, ginger overpowered everything here, very unbalanced.

Cheesecake was frozen in the middle and debonded from the crust, not sure how old it might be,

Overall, I would go back and try an appetizer again, not a meal to give a second chance and more so to sample another bottle.

Place definitely needs work.

Posted by ALEYEAST on September 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

@C17Mark No, I am not in Food & Bev. I could assume that since these are your only posts, that you work there... however I won't, since you know what that would make me.

PS- I wasn't aware that Eurasia had rival restaurants. Is there a secret society of cranky Mt. Pleasant F&Bers that plots dastardly deeds? Cause if so, I want to hear more.

Posted by flutterby on August 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

Always an amazing meal and excellent service!!! One of my favorites...

Posted by C17Mark on August 11, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

Whoever gave this place a poor review must obviously work at a rival restaurant nearby. I have been here 4 times and have had nothing short of an excellent meal and service... I highly recommend this place... Always a fantastic experience! Nuff said!

Posted by C17Mark on August 11, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

Salt, salt and more salt. And the few non-salty items were amazingly bland. Disappointing, since we loved the interior and had a great server.

Posted by flutterby on August 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Rice Market

Rice Market is a hidden gem and has not gotten enough attention. Sure, it had to work through it's share of rough spots, as do many restaurants starting out, but changes seem to have been made and you owe it to yourself to try it! Such a beautiful spot...(BTW Arizona's hasn't been around for about 20 YEARS! but, I liked it too...). This is NOT REALLY ALL ABOUT RICE....It's about cultures inspired or based on rice. Don't expect a big old mound of rice...In fact, don't even look for it because you won't find it here. What you will find is really great food---fish, scallops, BEEF, vegetables etc. prepared and served in truly different and exciting ways! Beautiful bar, sexy booth seating and great air conditioning and COOL drinks at the bar!

Posted by jadedpalate on June 15, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

Susieg. . . Looks like you are still having fun with your food blog.
I am a regular at Eurasia. Did you send your brown salad back? Had you done so, I am sure the kitchen would have happily remedied the problem. They would have been alarmed, I am sure. But, then again, you would not have had the opportunity to smear your exclusive 'brown salad' pics over the web. I have read all of your entries for your food blog and it is just very amateur. You seem to thrive on finding mistakes at restaurants. Want perfection? Look for it in your own kitchen, on your own table. When you realize it is not there you might be able to dine out with a more objective attitude.

Posted by isidella on April 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

To be honest with you if I had not seen Eurasia recently popping up on a few food and blog sites I would not have known it was there. I am in the Whole Foods Plaza in Mt. Pleasant quite frequently and I think I once looked over to the area where it’s located and thought it was a Chinese restaurant.

We entered the restaurant on a sleepy spring evening. At the time there were only three tables and three people at the bar. More patrons would arrive, but it was never very busy during our stay.

Our server was very knowledgeable and I asked him a few questions about the restaurant. He said that the owners have two other locations, one in Richmond, VA and one in Virginia Beach, VA. He mentioned that they have been in business together for about 10 years and that this Eurasia opened about four months ago.
The name doesn’t fit the décor of the restaurant. It’s a bit contemporary and somewhat stark. A nice outdoor patio with colorful umbrellas and a babbling fountain that seats about twenty looked inviting. It was tempting, but it was a tad cool that evening, so we passed. When we asked about the name of the name of the restaurant, our server said, “The whole thing is a bit confusing. It’s not European, it’s not Asian. A restaurant owner came in today and thought it was a Sushi place. We get that all the time.”

Eurasia is a comfortable place with moderately priced, tasty food. The menu is a varied, seasonal offering of soups, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrees and desserts. The wine and microbrew options are extensive. They take great pride in utilizing products from regional & local purveyors. So much for their website info, now let me tell you about our dining experience.

We started with the Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio that was served with truffled egg salad, baby arugula and balsamic mustard vinaigrette and the Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls served with ponzu, (a ginger/teriyaki combo) and spicy mustard. Beef Carpaccio in general is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. In fact, when we went on one of our first dates I asked him (as funny as this may seem), “What would you chose to be your last meal?” He mentioned a few things, one of which was Beef Carpaccio from a restaurant then located outside of Washington, DC named Boneratti’s.

I was surprised to hear that his Carpaccio, “hands down” was better than Boneratti’s. The presentation was exquisite and he said that the truffled egg salad was unbelievable. The presentation of my Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls was also very eye appealing and was served with four large spring rolls, actually, enough for two to split. Both of the side sauces, the Ponzu and the spicy mustard were awesome. The mustard made my eyes water it was so spicy! Although the spring rolls could have been warmer in temperature, we thought we were off to a great start.

Although you can argue that a “salad” might not be considered an entrée (someone at the table did), I ordered the “Tangled Up in Bleu” Salad. Our other entrée was the Ginger Snap Crusted Pork Loin and “Mac & Cheese” with raspberry ale aged cheddar - quite a mouthful to say and eat.

Although the menu item was listed with “ginger snaps,” I didn’t really put two and two together and in fact the pork was topped with ginger snap cookies, a nice, sweet combination to the flavor of the pork. It sat high on a mound of Mac & Cheese and broccolini. My husband found the pork tough to cut into but very tender and flavorful. The Mac & Cheese was a tad overpowering though, and the flavor of the broccolini took somewhat of a back seat. He still gave the dish very high marks.

The “Tangled Up In Bleu” was a very large mound of arugula. Very large is an understatement. To one side of the plate sat a perfectly cut hardboiled egg and fried onions adorned the top of the salad. In the spirit of the upcoming Easter Holiday, finding anything else in the salad was an Easter Egg hunt. There were two cherry tomato halves, different colored halves, but one total cherry tomato. The cherrywood bacon and crumbled blue cheese dotted the salad like a few flowers on a hillside. Although the dressing was good, all ‘n all it was a large mound of arugula – and many pieces of brown arugula at that. Again I ask, didn’t someone see the brown pieces when they were making the salad or prepping?

In a nutshell, the service was good, other than the salad; the other menu items were very nice. But the restaurant has such the potential to be 5’s in all categories. It missed the mark on our visit. Brown lettuce? Really?

You can see the brown pieces here http://www.diningaroundcharleston.com/2011…

Posted by susieg on April 19, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

My wife and I ate here this week for the first time, and were very pleased overall with the experience and the food. Andy Fallen is certainly no stranger to winning restaurant concepts in Charleston, and this mini-chain has done a great job with their strip mall renovation, creating a clean, modern space with a bar and tall tables as you enter transitioning into the seated dining area with a raised ceiling.

The menu is extensive, with a nice selection of apps, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. There are many influences and fusions, as the restaurant's name would suggest. We sampled the Sweet Onion soup, the tempura shrimp, and a raw oyster special for appetizers. The soup was a very good execution and tweak of a standard, with the sweet onions giving the soup a lighter taste than many. The tempura shrimp had wonderful flavor, accompanied by a complementary Asian slaw. The tempura coating did get a bit rubbery, though. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the oysters, as well. For entrees, she had North African leg of lamb, and I kept it simple with the beef tenderloin. Her lamb was delicious, redolent with the regional spices I haven't had since the tagines at the departed Le Club Fez. A kalamata olive risotto was a perfect accompaniment. My filet was very tender and well prepared, except for just missing on the temperature (medium instead of medium rare). It is served with an excellent blue cheese bearnaise sauce, along with some tasty garlic and bacon mashed potatoes and asparagus. The dessert menu had many enticing options, but we settled on a peanut butter s'more "bomb". This was like a delicious amalgam of a Reese's cup, a mallomar, and a moon pie. Great stuff. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive without being intrusive.

We had a wonderful time, and we welcome another upscale dining option in Mount Pleasant. We will return and would recommend.

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Posted by lawdog on March 30, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Red Drum

Great food, service, adult beverages and valet parking. The Drum beats them all.

Posted by MtPDad on March 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

I am never disappointed when I come to Crave - the food not only tastes delicious, but the ingredients are fresh. I have tired a lot of items on the menu - and my personal fav is the Northern Italian Beef and Pork Bolognaise - to die for! My husband has had a hard time deciding what to eat because it is all so good, but he does enjoy the Cedar Plank Salmon. A dinner would not be complete without trying thier creamy mac and cheese and lobster risotto. The service is efficent but it is the food that drives me back here- an hour drive each time!

Try Crave - you won't be disappointed.

Posted by alikissangel on March 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Red Drum

Red Drum has traditionally been more of a scene than a restaurant. Recently, however, they have changed course and now offer some of the best food, if not in Charleston, at least in Mt. Pleasant, and at a reasonable price. It's important to note this change, because if you've been before, you owe it to yourself to try it again.

Old Red Drum: Whose Porsche is parked out front? Food is ok. Atmosphere a little stuffy. Check seems very expensive. No, seriously, that's a nice Porsche.

New Red Drum: The economy gets blamed for messing up a lot of good things. There are a few restaurants in town, however, that have had to really improve their quality to stay relevant now that their real estate agent clientele have left and they're having to cater to people with discerning tastes. Red Drum is a prime example of this (also Cypress). When it came time to sink or swim, they learned backstroke.

It is possible to get a great dinner here, both on the cheap or going all out. The pork tacos are bargain priced but pack a real punch of flavor. The fried local shrimp are similarly priced, and are done right. Give me those two on a plate with one of their mojitos or margaritas, and I'm happy and only out 20 bucks.

For the finer dining side, the pork chop is one of the best in town. It's better prepared than Brett McKee's 17 North chop, although it lacks 17 North's delicious smoke. I'll call it a tie, and for anyone that knows to pick a good pork chop over an OK steak, you need to try Red Drum's. Speaking of steak, the hanger with frites is a great example of meat and potatoes at its finest. The scallops are also a solid choice and well prepared. The wine list is good and, while not cheap, reasonably priced.

Even if it's only to try the pork chop, it's worth another visit to see how a bad economy can make a good restaurant.

Posted by K and B on March 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Rice Market

The concept will not support itself. The location is horrible. Bring back Arizona's. Who wants rice? I make money and don't have to eat that junk.

Posted by Mayor on February 24, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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