A group of us went to Peninsula Grill on a recent wintry evening, and were completely enchanted. This elegant, clubby restaurant is in the Planters Inn, which is a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux group, tucked away on a quiet street in downtown Charleston.
They offered a special “Restaurant Week” menu, three courses for $40, but treated us as if we spending a fortune: beautifully coordinated service, without any pretensions. Our waiter was cordial, helpful with suggestions and descriptions, and very friendly without being too familiar.
From several choices, I tried the duck and lobster gumbo, braised short rib with pea, mushroom and bacon risotto, and a chocolate cherry torte. Each were perfect: the gumbo a little spicy, but smoky and balanced, the short rib hearty and made more sophisticated by the elegant risotto, and the choclate torte the light, but rich, concoction that the waiter described.
Very comprehensive wine list, with the loveliest riesling I’ve ever tasted.
At regular prices, this meal would’ve been about $75, and would’ve been worth every penny.