442 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
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Fish

Neighborhoods: Harleston Village
Cuisine: Seafood, Full Bar, Low Country cuisine

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  • 1/03/2015

    A Seafood food lover from Newark, NJ tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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Master French Chef Brings Sustainable Cuisine to Charleston!

Under the sea where serenity calls to those who bask in its peacefulness and quiet nature, there is also a certain curiosity that is provoked within us by what lies beneath such an expanse of aquatic allure. We were recently provided a glimpse of that strolling along King Street in history-rich downtown Charleston, SC, when we came across Fish Restaurant where simple touches of aquatic highlights elevated us above the crest of yearning for the latest adult libation and highly spoken-about farm-to-table ingredient. Known for its locally-sourced elements, succulent French-Asian fusion dishes, and being diligently overseen by the state’s only Master French Chef, Fish Restaurant excels where its competitors merely attempt to live up to its creative blend of savory flavor, unique presentation, and intriguing cuisine.

An undersea ambiance immediately grabs your attention as you peruse the intimate spaces from the lounge to the main dining areas inside. Azure fragments of suspended glass seemingly and efficiently portray the feel of being beneath ocean waves…somewhat maybe what a fish would experience beneath the water. In the lounge, a cast net-like chandelier covering makes one wonder what the day’s fresh catch is before viewing the menu. Hints of deep royal blues dot tops of tables via dark cerulean candle holders strategically scattered throughout the restaurant and along an elongated wooden bar drawing a reminder of the sea close wherever you happen to be seated. Throughout the main dining area, gauzy drapery that lines the ceiling overhead conjures up images of fluffy sea foam lining the coast while the shore washes fond memories in and out of our lives as the tides ebb and flow.

The Fish bar offers some pretty intoxicating libation selections as well. We enjoyed the antioxidant Spa Treatment made with EG Rosemary & Lavender Vodka, Creme de Violette, Elderflower Syrup, lavender water, squeezes of lemon and lime, fresh cucumber and soda with a grapefruit peel garnish. The Orient Express contained Absolut Orient Apple, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Yuzu Marmalade Mint, lemon, and Blenheim’s Ginger Ale. Both drinks created with intriguing ingredients sure to top your evening off quite nicely. Additionally, we relished in a bottle of the Shramsberg Mirabelle Rose’ Champagne from the northern Californian coast.

For an all-out flavor-filled experience with a variety of personally selected tastes, choose from 12 innovative and richly-hued dim sum creations from the Fish menu. At just $12 for four, we enjoyed selections such as the Frog Leg Spring Roll with a ginger chili glaze, the Flounder Quenelle with Emmental cheese (the original Swiss cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk) and tomato ginger sauce, the Goat Cheese Panini with Bell’s local honey, and the Tempura Fried Escargot with a ginger aioli. Talk about a diverse range of savory morsels! Each dim sum was craftily showcased upon an individual serving dish section possessing vivid chromatism and structural composition. We devoured each one, carefully savoring the compilations of fresh ingredients and textures of exteriors and fillings until they were no longer existing upon their plate leaving satisfied smiles upon our faces and glances at one another of contentment and happiness.

I have experienced a number of variations of Duck Cassoulet. I even prepared it for a private gathering of associates of my husband at one of our homes a few years ago. (Fortunately, that palatable involvement went off without a snag and the entire dining room of attendees thanked me profusely for my culinarian efforts.) Chef Nico’s interpretation of this traditional French preparation far exceeded any expectations I might have had when I chose it from the menu as my entrée. Roasted Long Island duck was respectfully sliced and placed along one side of its serving vessel drizzled in a savory and succulent jus, while an accompanying ample side dish of cannellini beans, root vegetables, duck confit, lamb sausage, mushrooms, apple and cabbage was expertly baked then topped with a layer of crunchy breadcrumbs. A simply stunning preparation with marvelous notes of rich duck essence, earthy mushrooms, and all things flavorful.

If you’re a fan of short ribs like my husband is, then Chef Nico’s version of this hearty and filling dish will take care of that hankering for something incredibly hearty and tastefully divine. Prepared sous vide (French for a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times to ensure an interior full of flavor and natural juices) for 72 hours, this substantial portion of succulent Texas beef nearly melted in our mouths at first bite. A puddle of succulent Bordelaise sauce enhanced this already mouthwatering preparation joined by roasted brussel sprouts and sunchokes. To add to the indulgent factor, Chef Nico added a vermicelli Mac & Cheese Cake as a side item that was equally enjoyable to look upon as it was to ingest.

We edged further into the evening’s palatable temptations when we ordered the visually appealing and sensational tasting Apple Tart. Constructed with sweet slices of organic apples, and a perfectly-proportioned addition of Pernod ice cream, striking garnishes of warm caramel sauce and the satisfying crunch of candied nuts completed what turned out to be a succulent sweet reward worth diving into.

Fish Restaurant offers an intriguing array of seasonal, locally-obtained ingredients exploding with flavor and exquisite presentation at the hands of Master French Chef Nico Romo that will leave you spellbound with contentment and delight. A sure winner by Savor Hour’s standards, and sheer proof why it is known as one of Charleston’s top-tier eateries.

◾ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: An upscale, yet relaxing and welcoming exterior invites patrons into a warm, dimly-lit, intimate setting. A perfectly-arranged lounge area introduces itself first, then guests are ushered by a hostess to an awaiting table in the main dining area equally as romantically enhanced as the lounge.

◾FOOD / DRINK: Sustainable ingredients only add to the immense flavor-packed surprises that Chef Nico has waiting for you. Start with a cocktail at the bar, then carry those on at your table with refreshing and creative libations crafted specifically to wow your taste buds.

◾LOCATION: Fish Restaurant is located at 442 King Street in Charleston, SC 29403.

◾HOURS: The establishment is available for dinner Monday through Sundays from 5:30 PM until 10:00 PM, while the lounge serves Monday through Sunday from 4:30 PM until. Don’t forget Happy Hour at the bar with 1/2 off bottles under $90 on Mondays and Wednesdays. It’s certainly a deal you can’t exclude yourself from! Don’t forget the Daily Happy Hour (4:30 PM to 7:00 PM) specials at the Fish Bar such as $6 Cheese Plates Mondays & Wednesdays, $6 Moules & Frites on Tuesdays, on Thursdays try indulging in $6 Dim Sum. Fridays and Saturdays feature $6 Dumplings, while on Sundays, $6 Noodle Bowls are the highlight during Happy Hour.

◾SERVICE / STAFF: When visiting the lounge Wednesday through Saturday, ask for Alex and you’re sure to have the preferential, kind, and efficient treatment you desire and deserve.

◾PRICE / VALUE: We felt the prices are meant to please based on the level of service, quality of cuisine, and memorable ambiance that was carried throughout the eatery.

◾CORKAGE FEE: $20 per 750mL bottle.

◾CONTACT INFO: Phone: (843) 722-3474, Website: www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com.

◾PARKING: Metered parking is available along King Street, as well as parking areas placed throughout the city nearby for minimal charges.

◾PRICING: Our dinner experience began with Chef Nico’s Dim Sum selections at an acceptable $12 for four including the Frog Leg Spring Roll, the Flounder Quenelle, the Goat Cheese Panini, and the Tempura Fried Escargo. That was followed by the Duck Cassoulet for a modest $24, and the 72 Hour Short Ribs for a reasonable $29. We also enjoyed a bottle of the Schrmsberg Mirabelle Rose’ Champagne for $66, a Spa treatment libation for $9, and a couple of Orient Express cocktails for $8 each.

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