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700 Drayton report; Savannah, Ga.

mbmusgrove | May 17, 200502:18 PM

Had my 1 year anniversary last Sunday & went over to Savannah for the night. We stayed at the Mansion on Forsyth, which I HIGHLY recommend. It's unbelievable and the service was beyond any expectations. I won't go on about it, but if you go to Savannah, Please stay there.

Attached to the hotel is 700 Drayton, their restaurant. They also have a cooking school at the hotel called 700 Drayton cooking school or something.

I looked around Sav. for a nice occasion place to eat. Wanted to try Gottleibs, but they're closed Sun. + Mon. Lady & Sons or anything similar- no thanks. Made reservations at the Olde Pink House, even though I read some poor reviews of it, and it seems to have reached it's heyday around 2000.

After getting a tour of the premises from our butler at the hotel, I immediately cancelled our reservations at The Olde Pink House. The guy who took the reservations at TOPH was less than friendly both times I called, and when I saw where TOPH was located, I'm sure it's a tourist spot. Glad I cancelled.

Anyway, I knew Sun. night wasn't going to be too busy at 700 Drayton, & had 8:30 reservations, but probably didn't need them. The hostess was very polite & we got a great table. The ambiance was interesting, not loud and very elegant and a little contemporary. This place is only about 1 month old (from being renovated; the actual building is ancient).
The menu wasn't terribly exciting, the standards- filet mig., rack of lamb, sea bass, chicken, and so on, with pretty typical sides which are orderd separately. Entrees were $20-30, sides $4, desserts, $8. Salads and app's ranged from about 8 or 10 dollars to 16 or 18 I think.

I ordered a jumbo lump crab salad, which was served with a ginger vinigarette on purple potatoes. Very good, and a LOT of crab. This could have been a light meal. My entree was Sea Bass with Jasmine rice on the side. The bass was on 3 pieces or asparagus with what seemed to be a sweet and sour sauce. Very good and cooked perfectly. My wife had a chicken & pasta dish with garlic mashed potatoes. She likes her starch. I don't remember what kind of salad she had, but she liked it, although it wasn't as fancy as mine. Her entree tasted very salty to me, but that might be my palate vs. hers. She also likes her salt. Everything with the food was good up to this point. I also had a molten chocolate cake for dessert. It tasted stale and I'm pretty sure was left over from a few days prior. It essentially was a muffin with a hole in the top and they poured nuked choc. sauce into the center, drizzled the plate and sprinkled raspberries and powdered sugar over it. For 8 bucks, it was disappointing. (Of course I ate it all anyway; hey, it's chocolate). I've had molten chocolate cakes before, and this wasn't what I was expecting.

Didn't order wine, (I don't drink) I had h20 and my wife had a cocktail. But here's my criticism of the place; the service.

ATTN: This in NO WAY has ANYthing to do with the service of the hotel itself, which was amazing!

After our hostess seated us, Our server immediately asked for my wife's drink order, with no time to even look at the wine list. She never asked me if I wanted anything to drink. I suppose there were no specials, because none were mentioned. She didn't ask if we had any questions, and asked for our orders. About 10 minutes later someone finally brought us some bread, which was OK. It was a toasted flat bread, that crumbled into 1,000 pieces when broken and an olive loaf, whose crust was so tough it was impossible to chew, tear or eat. You had to tear out the center, but that part was tasty.

After finishing our salads, our empty plates at on the table until our entrees were brought out, only saw our server as she walked around the dining room aimlessly.
I had been out of water for some time.

As we ate our food, which was really good, my wife asked what the chicken was in, a type of boullibase-broth, and wondered if wine was in it. The server said 'yeah, some kind of broth or something, it's got just a lot of this-and-that in it.' and walked off. Hmmm... way to know the menu.

When we finished our entrees, she asked if we were done and mumbled something about dessert and the check. I had looked at the desserts on the menu when we sat down, and remembered the cake, but she didn't offer a dessert menu, to tell us about them or coffee. I said I'd have the cake, which seemed to bother her, and took about 10 minutes to bring out, and the description of it is above. Not what I'd expect. As I finished my last bite of the cake she came by and gave me the check, which started to seem like she was saying 'leave, please, I'm ready to go home.' It was around 9:45pm. During the whole time no one ever scraped clean the table, which of course had crumbs all over it from the flat bread. I'm a very neat diner, so this drove me crazy.

Total cost for the meal was 100 dollars. I really wanted to leave about 3 bucks for a tip, but know they have to spread tips around, and aside from her and the cake it was a decent experience. Maybe not 100 bucks worth, though. I left 13 dollars, which I felt was WAY generous, but I'm sure they were cursing me after I left.

I must mention that this whole time I was watching a table of ladies at another table with another server, and they seemed to be getting great service, so I'm assuming I just got an unattentive, unknowledgable dud.

To conclude: decent food, not too imaginatve menu, really crappy service for that type of restaurant. Great atmosphere, and awesome lounge upstairs, great art, incredible hotel, a must go if just for drinks. Doug the bartender was great. They have live music everywhere. I'd say go on a Fri. or Sat. and have the nerve to request another server if you start to feel like yours is apathetic like ours. For reference, she was a short and stocky, late 20, early 30's woman with short dark hair. Of course, she never gave us her name. I can't blame her.

Out of five stars, 5 being the highest, I'd give this dining experience a 2-1/2, considering the level this restaurant is playing on. With a good server, it would have been 4 stars. And if my dessert had been worth a dern, maybe 4-1/8. I wish we had walked down to Leopold's ice cream for dessert.

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