Why We Went: My friends Angie, Jo, and I met downtown for a girls’ night out. We could not wait to try Charleston’s most beautiful new urban restaurant, The Block Restaurant and Wine Cellar. We had been hearing great things about for the past few weeks.
Upscale Dining at The Block
What We Had: It was a cold and drizzly evening when we arrived at the Block. We were drenched from the rain so we all ordered soups to warm us up; Lobster Bisque and Cashew Cauliflower.
For our dinner selections, we chose Crab Cakes, Sriracha Maple-Encrusted Chicken, and the Truffle Pasta. There were many delicious sounding choices to pick from.
Something Special: The Block has a gorgeous wine cellar with a huge inventory of specialty wines; over 500 bottles from around the world.
There is also have an old-world style cheese cave that is worth seeing. It is nice having such a gorgeous restaurant in the heart of Charleston, West Virginia.
Best Part of the Meal: The Block’s restaurant and bar are very eye-catching, especially the stone wall with the mirrored bar lined with liquor bottles. I was impressed that a Charleston institution finally added a charcuterie platter to their menu. Fancy.
The Ups and Downs of The Block Restaurant
Noteworthy: I really, really (have I stressed it enough? ) enjoyed the Cashew Cauliflower Soup. It had a great, rich flavor (no cream) with a nice zesty kick to it. The toasty cashews sprinkled across the top were a nice touch.
What Needs Improvement: And here is how it all turned south. We were seated in the bar area. Though light jazz music was playing, the room was eerily quiet. It was a strange atmosphere.
Our dinner ended up taking almost two hours from start to finish, and we were sitting in the bar area. It took over 45 minutes to get our entrées after finishing our soups. The waitress did not come back for 30 minutes after delivering our meals.
She also didn’t offer dessert, drink refills, nor to bring our check. In fact, after our wallets were lying on the table for twenty minutes, Jo had to get up and find a manager to ask for our checks.
In all the time we were there, not one manager came to visit any of the 13 to 15 customers seated in the bar area to check on their food or service. I saw two managers most of the time I was at the restaurant just standing around doing nothing.
I did not feel The Block had any real ambiance, it felt sterile. The menu was a hodgepodge of dishes that would seem confusing to the average diner.
My pasta was also overcooked. I was doubtful that the black truffle shavings would be anything like what I have had in bigger cities and I was right. The whole pasta dish was uneventful and average.
I want the Block to succeed because the owners have invested a fortune in it. It is a great concept for Charleston, but there is much improvement needed.
Total Check Before Tip: $35.41 (only my bill)
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My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 6
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