I went to J Paulz during this past restaurant week with some coworkers. I haven't been to this establishment in several years, since it first opened, so I was surprised at how much quieter and less busy it was than in my memory. However, I had recently heard some pretty good things about the food from other locals, so I thought it would be worth giving another shot.
Brendan, our server, was pleasant, attentive, and helpful. Kudos to him. After perusing both menus, I chose to go with the restaurant week options since they sounded pretty tasty. I started with a cup of the roasted red pepper soup. It was alright, but a bit more on the sour flavor profile than I care for. Honestly, I have had some amazing roasted red pepper soups homemade in other Charleston restaurants, and this one did not live up to those. For my entree, I chose the shrimp risotto with spinach and basil. I was tempted at first to go with the sushi assortment, but after learning that the "assortment" almost exclusively contained tuna, I chose the risotto instead. The portion was on the small side which didn't surprise me since it's for restaurant week. However, the risotto was disappointing. The shrimp was seasoned perfectly but the risotto beneath it was bland and flavorless. Finally, for dessert, I had the creme brulee and no disappointments there. It's hard to do creme brulee wrong, in my opinion, so kudos on the delicious dessert.
Overall, the meal was just okay. I don't know if it was just sub-par because it's restaurant week and they don't want to put too much effort or money into a discounted meal or what, but I won't be in a hurry to go back. It used to be that restaurant week was a chance to impress people who otherwise might not come to your establishment. These days, however, it seems to have turned into a quick money-making scheme for restaurants to lure as many customers in as possible and churn out mediocre dishes on the cheap.
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