This restaurant is off the beaten path, down Fort Johnson Road next to James Island Charter High School. It was not at all busy on a Monday night. The parking lot is deep gravel, not nice to drive on. The interior is sleek and plain but could do with some draperies to soften it up a bit and buffer the echo level. Unfortunately upon entering you are hit with an acrid mold smell, much like you get in older buildings.
Service was attentive and friendly and the owner not only handled the cooking but walked around talking with diners. I ordered the Stuffed Eggplant which was billed as a whole roasted eggplant. It was not whole but a half but was hard to tell as it was so overcooked as to hold no shape and be very, very soft. I would have expected a roasted vegetable to hold it's shape and be something to chew, not slurp. The beef stuffing was mixed with onions, tomatoes, and cubed something, not peppers as billed. The sun-dried infused orzo was also overcooked and had a strange hint of gummi bear as it approached your mouth and touched your tongue. I had my husband try it for his impression and he agreed about this faint hint of flavor. It did not put me off the dish but just made it not what I would have expected.
My husband had the Herb Roasted Chicken which was a leg/thigh quarter, served skinless. It was served with carrot slices and mashed potatoes. He polished it off so I assume it was okay. Prior to the main courses we were presented with buttery pita bread quarters served with a sun-dried tomato/basil infused olive oil which was quite good. We polished it off so quickly the waitess brought us another plate.
The owner is trying but missing the mark a bit. The location is also near the James Island Soccer fields so if you were here after a soccer game it would not be a bad place to eat. Other offerings sounded good so it is probably worth another try on our part.
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