Visited Oku for the first time last Friday night.
Our reservation was for 7:15 P.M. We arrived just before then and the first thing I noticed was how packed the restaurant was. Looking at the crowd it was no surprise that our table wasn't ready yet, so we cruised over to the bar and ordered drinks.
And we waited. We waited for quite some time until about 7:40 when we were seated. Our table for two, well it sucked. It was right up against the bar and I felt boxed in by the bar patrons on both sides of us, and had to ask for space more then once.
Our server was very sweet, although it was very apparent that she was extremely rushed and stressed. She went flying through the evening specials and about halfway she admitted that she forgot exactly what they consisted of.
We ordered appetizers and sushi rolls. I was impressed with the apps, they were unique and not something I would find at just any restaurant. The sushi that we ordered was tasty, however I wasn't blown away by the quality. Personally I feel the sushi at Bushido or Tsunami is just as quality, if not better.
Feeling a little underwhelmed at this point, Oku did something completely unexpected that brought us back. Earlier in the evening the manager stopped by our table to chat, and we informed him that our visit was a birthday celebration. After dinner was served he brought out cake and champagne for the two of us, on the house.
We left feeling satisfied and happy. I would like to return for happy hour to give Oku another try.
Went for lunch last week and the food was solid, my only problems were with the wait staff. My friends and I got there at about 11:15 on a Tuesday morning dressed in ties, obviously having come from work and the waiter was really pushing us to order beers. I'm not turned off by the idea of beers at lunch but we were obviously in the middle of our work day and the waiter's pushiness made us uncomfortable. Also we could hear him talking to the people at the 2 tables near us and the conversations were pretty similar, he was pushing the alcohol pretty hard and also using profanity which is a bit unprofessional for a waiter at a restaurant. He probably would have made a good bartender but as a waiter he needed some work. He did make good recommendations on the food and I enjoyed my meal. My only complaint about the food was to do with my side item, the corn puff wagon wheels. Those seem completely ridiculous to even serve. I'm sure the place would be better in the evening or happy hour when I can take my time and enjoy a beer, but when I just wanted to eat it was annoying not to be able to just order lunch without getting pestered about drinking.
My husband and I tried this place this weekend. Food was good, but service was lacking. Took twenty minutes to get our initial drinks even though only 6 people in the place. Did not offer any drink refills throughout our entire meal until we were paying our bill! Had to ask to have my dirty dishes removed even after the waitress visited our table at least 3 times. Said they offered outdoor seating, but didn't see where that was possible since it is located in a narrow strip mall area in a not so nice part of town, with a very narrow sidewalk in front. Maybe in the back? Also, specials were quoted, but not the prices of the specials. Definitely a better deal with the platters for the price.
Up until recently I would have given the Pour House four stars. You have the best deck in Charleston. But the drink prices have increased enormously. King Street prices on Maybank Hwy? Did you think we were too drunk to notice? We weren't. Now we have to think about coming out. I do appreciate that you will now wipe off a dirty table instead of handing me the bar rag and the fact that you occasionally come around to collect empty bottles and plates does help to keep the flies away. $3 PBR $5 draft $6 liquor To quote Seth Meyers - "Really?"
This place has a great building and location (except it is always really loud inside), and it also has slightly above average food and drinks selection for a Mexican restaurant IN CHARLESTON. The tacos and food in general is way better at La Nortena, plus its cheaper. However, La Nortena is in North Charleston and not filled with people, so its not that fun usually. I don't love this place, but it is not terrible (especially not just because of no happy hour, jesus).
Food is your usual tasty mellow mushroom fare (decent quality pizza, wide variety of toppings/sauces). The place looks really cool and is really large on the inside. The problem with this place is it is LOUD. Horribly loud. Food court at the mall at Christmas loud. Forget about having a pleasant conversation in the place. It has really high ceilings and they really need to do some work (adding some sort of sound absorbing materials on the walls/ceilings) to make this not extremely annoying. But hey this is the old fart in me coming out so it may not bother everyone. I'll stick to takeout/delivery or head to the downtown location instead!
Pro: Very good food and setting, interesting variety of food, reasonable drink prices, on-site parking, dog friendly
Con: Expensive food, service is inconsistent
We had dinner for five on a Saturday night. The weather was perfect, so they had all the bay doors open and the place had a good crowd. The wait was minimal and we moved right in. Their draught selection was good, though they were out of Dale's Pale Ale ($4) and had replaced it with Abita Lager to which our waitress made the appropriate "WTF?" face. Drinks came out fairly quickly, but that's where the problem started.
Our waitress would flee as soon as she put down something on the table, no matter if you called her, raised your hand, anything! Several tables around had a similar problem. That made putting in our food order take 10-15 minutes longer than expected. It was quite frustrating and persisted through getting the check settled. Previous visits during lunch time didn't have this problem.
The other problem is the food prices are quite high. $14 for a chorizo burger? They seem to be 30-40% over market on their menu. The food was good and both well prepared and presented. The buffalo burger, chicken kebabs (actually satays), black bean soup, and chef's salad all hit the mark. Their dessert selection was chocolate cake; evidently the bakery hadn't come through on-time with a delivery.
They also have a bocce lane and a big conversation circle outside which were great. I liked seeing the dogs welcomed though I'm sure that won't last.
Great food! But service is lacking in terms of wait time. If 4 or more people are in the restaurant at any given time, expect a 15-20 minute wait to get your food!
Tastes just like you expect wings from a bar to taste. Usually takes a while to get your food,and I mean, A WHILLEEE! But, if your used to the usual wing bar, with mediocre food, then you will enjoy it.
The food is very good seafood, but the service is way to slow, they need more servers and help. I like it , but they need to have quicker service.
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…
It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. I can't think of a better way to describe our experience at Cypress.
Cypress is one of the three Hospitality Management Group Inc, restaurants (sister restaurants include Blossom and Magnolias) on East Bay. Parking is easy as there is a parking lot nestled between the three locations.
The restaurant itself is very pretty. High ceilings, an antique brick façade, colorful chairs, an open kitchen and a “wine wall” adorn the 1st floor. There is a second floor seating area that includes a bar, but we did not see it. Ceiling lights changed colors as we were there giving the room wonderful, warm hues.
The Best Of Times…….
Although the restaurant would become crowded after we were seated, it wasn’t crowded at all when we arrived. This lent itself to allowing our server to quickly approach our table. We ordered a few beverages and then began to pursue the menu selections. The menu is very interesting. There is a page that has your regular app’s, salads, entrees, etc. and a page that has “seasonal offerings” which included ‘Three for $39.00’ selections – appetizer, entrée and dessert. We liked the variety and the selections.
I was chagrined to realize that I had forgotten my reading glasses. This would have really slowed the ordering process… The server overheard me and mentioned that customers had often left reading glasses and so they had loaners that I could use. I took him up on his offer and it was a big plus.
We started with the Crab Cake over Creamed Corn, a Butter Lettuce Salad and the Charcuterie (House Cured Meats Plate). Chef Craig Deihl is one of only a couple Chefs making his own Salami and dried meats . Bar none, every dish was terrific. Our friend grew up in Maryland and is a crabmeat afficianato. She mentioned that her dish was one of the best crab cakes she’d ever tasted. The House Cured Meats were served room temperature which brought out the flavor even more. A variety of olives also garnished the dish. This too, was very nice. My Butter Lettuce Salad was “like budda”, but… the top core of the salad was very brown. How do you miss that? Brown-ness aside we thought we were off to a great start.
It was then that we began to wait awhile for our entrees. No big deal as the company was great. But I did notice that other servers were much more engaging with their customers than ours. They were making suggestions, explaining were the local products came from, etc. Our server was just robotic. "Oh well”, I thought, our appetizers were very good, so perhaps the entrees would be too.
The Worst Of Times………
This is when the fun came to a screeching halt. First of all, our server was nowhere to be found. Many runners brought our entrees. The plates were very warm and everything looked good. Alas, looks aren’t everything.
I ordered the Wahoo. On a dare the server couldn’t really tell me much about it, but it was the only fish dish offered. Two building-block-like pieces of incredibly bland, pan seared fish were served over a succotash concoction that included local beans. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more bland dish - bland and salty, very salty.
The guys ordered the filet that was topped with a house-made Boursin cheese. It was accompanied by boring, zero flavor fingerling potatoes and asparagus. I think our friend said it best when he said, “Had I known there would be a Tsunami of cheese I would have never ordered this.” The cheese completely overpowered the meat.
An “Oscar” version of a filet was also ordered. It came with some asparagus and this gross, burnt version of a large potato chip which was inedible. Each steak had a different degree of doneness although they were all ordered medium. All of the dishes were also very salty. Our server remained MIA.
We got through dinner OK and then he did arrive to see if we wanted dessert. I suggested some decaf and then we all passed on dessert. I had ordered the Three for $39.00 special and dessert was included however. So I asked for 4 forks so that we could all try it.
Tick tock, tick tock, time march on. No server and no cheesecake. Finally after we were on our second cup of not-even-lukewarm coffee we asked if the cheesecake had been forgotten. He said it was on its way. We watched then as he scurried around the kitchen. We started timing this and it was over 12 minutes before it arrived. This was on top of the first 8 minutes or so we waited.
And THEN the cheesecake was just awful. A small 1 ½” by 2” piece of ricotta cheesecake was served on a plate with three strawberries. It tasted like packing peanuts. But the absolutely horrid thing about the dish was it was topped with what appeared to be candied orange rind. We think that the pastry chef might have mistakenly used salt instead of sugar in making it. It literally made us all gag.
All in all, don't bother. There's plenty of other great restaurants in Charleston.
I found the bar staff to be a bit overwhelmed with a normal bar crowd and a bit disingenuous. Waitstaff was great!
Make no bones about it, this is a destination restaurant. It’s out of the way and we needed our GPS to get there. Because the N. Charleston St. Patrick’s Day parade was in close proximity to the restaurant it was very crowded. Regardless, we thought it was worth the trip.
They have a beer menu of 60+ selections and their menu is extensive. Even though it is written on the menu I missed the fact that they “proudly serve Meyers Farm hormone free, grass fed beef.” And that it is ground in house daily. Sesame Burgers and Beer does many things to make your lunch/dinner special.
The menu includes Starters and Snacks, Salads, Sandwiches and a unique listing of Hamburgers, Turkey Burgers, Black Bean Burgers and Grilled Chicken served every which way from Sunday. And if that’s not enough they also offer 45 toppings for the sandwich that you select.
We were stumped as we looked over the menu and decided to order the “Fried Pickles” as a starter. These Iightly breaded spears were accompanied by Sesame’s homemade Ranch dressing (all of their dressings, sauces, ketchups, mustards, etc. are homemade…). If you haven’t tried something like this, you should. We ate them as if we had been on a desert island for weeks … while we continued to try to decide on lunch.
I landed on the Patty Melt. I am not a big meat eater but it sounded interesting being topped with American cheese, caramelized onions, house made mayo (which I asked to have on the side, and it was a no show), and spicy Coast beer mustard on marble rye.
My husband chose the Slider trio – a “Memphis” (house made peanut butter, bacon and banana slices), “Colorado” (grated sharp cheddar and house made chili) and the “Southwestern” (guacamole and chipotle sour cream).
Although the restaurant was packed, our lunch arrived very quickly. Unfortunately, it did not live up to our visit at their sister location at the Mall.
My hamburger that was supposed to be served “medium” was almost well done and with everything that was on it, was still very dry. The marble rye was somewhat charred (see picture) and had a burnt taste to it. And the house made mustard had such an overpowering flavor of horseradish that I even asked the server what was on the burger as I didn’t see horseradish listed as one of the ingredients. Again, the homemade mayo was a no-show.
The trio of sliders were good, but overcooked. Because they were topped with so many things it somewhat hid the fact that they were extremely dry and overdone.
Having said all of this we would definitely give “Sesame Burgers and Beer” in N. Charleston another try. Our first lunch at their Citadel Mall location was magnificent. Due to the parade and the crowd (there was a very long line when we were leaving), they could have been having an off day.
To see the video check http://diningaroundcharleston.com
We were there on opening day so it should get better as they iron out a few things. That being said, as another reviewer commented the frites were less than hot. This is due to the frites being staged on the counter next to the cash register with no warming plate or lamp, while they wait for their falafel brethren to join them.
My wife and I were excited to hear of Patat Spot's opening as we were frite fanatics during our time in Seattle. Unfortunately the frites we were served Saturday did not measure up to our previous frite experiences. They lacked the characteristic crunchy exterior accomplished by the double frying technique. They did not seem double fried. They were exactly like the fries I make at home. Good, but not frites. Just french fries.
The falafel. The two fried balls for $8 arrived inside half a pita shell. Seemed a bit steep. The price point would have been more acceptable if the falafel was really good, but it lacked a robust falafel flavor. We couldn't quite identify what was missing. The accompanying "Salad Spot" offered an impressive selection of condiments and toppings for both the frites and falafel.
The decor is pleasant and the service is friendly and welcoming. We'll be back in a couple of weeks for round two. We expect it will be a top notch experience next time.
ok - so they have good dogs. and good fries. but they are ridiculously priced. my family of 4 is closer to $30 than $20...love the atmosphere, but this is not a regular haunt for us - mainly because of the prices. plus, i would love love love for restaurants to get some healthy alternatives to fries... mandarin oranges,anyone? apple slices? seriously, if Mcdonalds ands BK can figure that much out, shouldn't local eateries be able to?
You Say Potato They Say Friet..
I was quick to find that this is a very long name for a very small restaurant. Located at 41B George Street in the midst of other college favorites lies Patat Spot Friet & Falafel.
The owner is of Dutch heritage but was born and raised right here in Charleston and the restaurant is dubbed a “European Snack Bar”. We were curious and decided to give it a try.
The restaurant is painted a bright yellow and adorned with Parisian landmarks. We found it to be both warm and welcoming.
The service style is a walk up ordering system. You can get a regular or half pita filled with a cilantro, mint and bean combo or a large one. We both opted for the half pita.
The service and staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, and our lunch was served quickly. The odd thing is that the falafel a cilantro-mint-bean-chick pea combo is served within the pita and looks like a small hockey puck. My husband liked it, but it really didn’t blow my dress up. The good thing is that they offer a salad bar type of toppings that you can add to your pita.
We were told that many of the items on the topping bar were from the “pickle lady” at the market. They were all fresh and very inviting. We were quick to stuff our pita with these unique toppings.
The disappointment, unfortunately, were the French fries or Friets as they call them. Billed as potatoes imported from Belgium and “twice fried” for crispness, ours did not fit the bill. They were not served in the unique cone that we saw, but rather placed in one of our plates with the half pita, lukewarm and mushy - very disappointing. And they were $6.25, which think is a bit steep for friets.
I can say that we really liked the “toppings bar” and its freshness. We also enjoyed the choice of 15 dipping sauces that come with the friets. The spicy sriracia and Indonesian ketchup were a treat!!
I can’t say that I would return, but only because falafels aren’t something that I personally like, but I would encourage others to give it a try and hope that the restaurant does well.
first visit last night. food was good but honestly the ticket time on the food was 1.5 hours. yes, that's right, 1.5 hours. probably would have left under normal circumstances but was unable to do so on this particular visit. will not go back unless i hear they have fixed their kitchen problems.
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.
This place isn't bad...the atmosphere is great. The staff (in my experience) are all really nice and accomodating. The food is pretty standard though for a Mexican joint. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it's what I think you would expect from just about any strip-mall type Mexican place. But what do I know?
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