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Charleston-FIG review (disappointed)


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Charleston-FIG review (disappointed)

APL | Oct 30, 2005 08:11 AM

went to FIG after many rave reviews and was a little disappointed.

It started off well.

I had a great tagliatelle pasta w/chanterelle appetizer and my wife had a perfect butternut squash soup. They were both exceptional.

Bread was artisanal and very good although we only got 1 piece each..

The wine list is excellent with some nice and hard-to-find wines by the glass. My first glass (Meritage blend) was flat and oxidized and had apparently been open for several days. Second glass of different varietal(red zinfandel) was much better. Both were and served at inappropriate temperatures (too warm).
Their wine prices are fairly high and for the price, the wine should be served at the appropriate temperature and should be well preserved. On the way out I checked out the bar area where the wine is poured, it didn't appear they used any type of wine cellaring or preservation system.

Entrees came out and my suckling pig was very tasty but not hot. More like cool and the side vegetables were tasty but also not hot and overly oily. Lots of potential but missed the mark by a bit.

Wife had the hanger steak bordelaise with whipped potatoes. The steak was ordered medium as she is pregnant and the meat came out black-n-blue (raw) and the cut was pretty chewy for a $20 steak. It went back.

When it came back out it was somewhat better, but still too tough for her to enjoy. The flavor was decent, but heavily "soy" influenced when it was portrayed as bordelaise on the menu. Bordelaise is a red wine and herb demi-glace. There is no soy sauce in bordelaise! Or at least their shouldn't be.

The potatoes were some of the best we had ever had. Velvety and tasty.

The manager was attentive and courteous took her steak off the bill.

Service was good but not exceptional. They didn't have much of a crowd when we arrived but started getting busier as the night went on.

I am not sure if we will go back. There are many other excellent restaurants in this town with better ambiance, service, and food for the price.

My wife is still pissed we didn't go to Cypress!~

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