After reading about "Charleston's Best Desserts" I decided to go to Kaminsky's last weekend to test the cakes--being a cake lover, it is a big deal for me to find the perfect cake. I should have trusted my intuition upon looking at the display case and not seeing anything that looked appetizing. The variety was wonderful, but the presentation and quality were lacking. I will admit that I do a lot of baking at home--organic, from scratch, etc.--and have high standards when it comes to cake. I had both the Hummingbird Cake and A Chocolate Chip cake. While both "looked" good, they were crumbly, falling apart, and dry. Plus, the staff, who seemed to be in a big rush, despite a quiet restaurant, sloppily cut the pieces and thrust them onto plates, caring little for appearance...As a local, I am trying to make my way around the city's bakeries, and I would NEVER return to Kaminsky's. For consistency and quality you are better off going to Baked, The Village Bakery, or Saffron's.
Food Is Greatly (Overhyped)...My husband and I ate at FIG last weekend for a long-anticipated birthday celebration. As newcomers to the area, we were repeatedly regaled with stories of FIG's genius. He and I have a mixed review of the place.
1) I admire the chef's dedicaiton to local/sustainable/organic/seasonal foods.
2) I felt the menu was large enough to have ample choices, but limited enough to really hone one's craft--menus that are too large and varied make me leery...
3) Overall, the food and presentation were decent.
4) The restaurant layout/environment was nice and the staff was generally friendly.
1) I just do not get the hype. We have eaten at Huck's Lowcountry Table on Isle of Palms several times. He has the same brand of culinary philosophy, but without the hype. The difference? I have been back several times, whereas I would not return to FIG anytime soon. It is not that I had a *bad* experience at FIG...it was just not memorable, and there are too many places in town that I want to try...
2) Again, the food was good...but not stellar. My husband had a steak, heirloom potatoes, and salad. The steak was well-prepared as were the potatoes..but the salad was plated sloppily next to it...it just did not fit with the other two components...
I started with the citrus salad and really enjoyed it. Being vegetarian, I ordered two sides as my entree--the pan roasted cauliflower--which came very highly recommended by many peope--and the roasted beets. Both dishes were good, but again, I could have purchased the same ingredients from Whole Foods and prepared them at home...I am not cheap when it comes to food and appreciate how prices need to be high to cover other expenses...but the simplicity with which these dishes were cooked, made me wonder why so many rave about FIG...
Food: C (Me) B- (Husband)
Staff: B (Me) B+ (Husband)
Environment: A (Me) C- (Husband)
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