I had no idea what to expect when I sat down for my meal. It is true that I had taken a sneak peak at the menu online and I already knew what I was going to order, but I had never heard one word about the restaurant before. It is only time though, before it and the head chef become a household name.
The Sea Island Grill & Lounge is a perfect mixture of casual elegance. When dining there you do not feel as though you must be dressed to the nines, however the locally inspired dishes are delectable enough to make you feel as though you are dining in one of the most expensive restaurant’s in the world.
For my starter, I ordered the classic Southern favorite: Lowcountry crab cake and fried green tomatoes.
For my entree, I ordered something that I will never forget and which I will compare to every meal I consume in the future: truffled popcorn scallops with sweet potato puree and steamed asparagus.
It was so good that it literally brought tears to me eyes. My waitress, seeing how deeply affected I was by the food, brought out the chef to speak with me. Chef Andres, who is originally from Colombia, is new to the restaurant. When you talk with him it is easy to see that his soul has been captivated by the passion for creating masterpieces in the kitchen. One night he was eating handmade popcorn in the kitchen, when a thought to combine popcorn and scallops came to him. Now it is the most requested dish in the restaurant!
For my dessert, I was tempted by several choices, but decided that the “day’s special” of peach cobbler with buttermilk ice cream was a must.
The following evening I could have gone anywhere for dinner, but instead I chose to return to Sea Island Grill & Lounge to try some new dishes on the menu. Chef Andres remembered that my husband had mentioned he was Argentine and was missing his country’s cuisine. Thus, he created a unique starter of chorizo (my husband’s favorite Argentinean food) and sweet plantain bruschetta. He also sent him home with a bag filled with chorizo. Now it was my husband’s turn to cry!