My husband and I dined at Charleston to start off a weekend while visiting for my sister's wedding in Baltimore. It was a fantastic dinner marred only by slightly too large portions for a pre-fixe and a few uneven wine pairings. Overall, we absolutely loved the dinner and would certainly return.
We were seated in lovely dining room that reminded me of the red version of the 1 Place Vendome restaurant at the Hotel de Vendome in Paris. Very elegant while not being too crazy.
Dinner was delicious. We really enjoyed every course of our 5 course meals. Most of our wine pairings were fantastic, but there were a few that missed the mark. A sherry matched to my soup, for example, didn't quite match and still overpowered the soup's flavors...whereas my partner's soup matched perfectly with a madeira.
Our biggest qualm was that a pre-fixe is supposed to be sized accordingly so that you are not overstuffed. By the time we reached our main course, both of us were stuffed--and I am not the type to get full very easily! Nether of us could finish our main entree, and we barely picked at our dessert. Everything was delicious, but we felt the portion size was a bit too large overall. Many will prefer that approach, of course, so it is in the eye of the beholder. As a frequent fine diner who appreciates a pre-fixe approach, I most appreciate when the chef prepares courses that are sized to calmly fill one's appetite.
Again, these are minor but still tangible quibbles for what was certainly a delicious meal. We would certainly return!
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