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Husk Experience (Charleston)


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Husk Experience (Charleston)

rl1856 | Aug 16, 2011 08:57 AM

We recently had dinner at Husk. Overall the experience was underwhelming. Quality of food ingredients were excellent, preparation was so-so. My daughter and I ordered a Lamb Turrine, my wife, roasted Pork- 2 ways and our son, a crispy Chicken. We also ordered the skillet corn bread for the table.

Lamb Turrines were flavorful, but dry. Seasoning in the farro that accompanied the lamb was too strong for the dish and in the same bite with lamb, overwhelmed the lamb. My wife's pork was good and well seasoned. Chicken was so so....the 2 slices of white meat were fine, but the 2 slices of dark meat were cool and greasy. The dumplings that supplied the base for the vegetables were dry and bland. Corn Bread was dry and bland. No pieces of bacon in the corn bread, but the bacon flavor came from the use of bacon grease as an ingredient and to coat the cooking skillet.

Price points were fine, but portion sizes were a but small, with a larger amount of secondary items compared to the main ingredient. Wine list is surprisingly small, but well chosen and moderately priced.

The restaurant flat out refused to honor a request, even though very little effort would have been required. We were told that "Chef's Orders" precluded satisfying our request, even though we could have walked over to the bar area and not encountered any difficulty.

I get that Mr. Brock is providing a high end take on the concept of eating fresh off of the farm. But I suppose we have been spoiled by the ability to source high quality and ultra fresh ingredients for home use. We all agreed that we have eaten better meals at other local restaurants and at home. It seems I am not alone in this opinion in that others, who's taste I trust, have expressed the same sentiment. Upon relaying our experience, friends quickly shared their issues with the food preparation, quality of service and refusal of the staff to remedy problems that occurred at the table. While Husk was won several awards and was recently named one of the "Best New Restaurants in America", if your dining preferences do not fit into Mr. Brock's vision, you may not have a good experience.

That said, I was intrigued by the Bourbon selection listed on the bar menu. I will probably try a few of the selections when the weather turns colder.



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