Bistronomy by NICO, Charleston, charleston restaurants, food review, Foodie, NICO, Restaurant Review
I love bringing foodie people together. And that’s exactly what this dinner was about. I have two friends living in Charleston who had never met each other and both love food, so I planned a meal for us to all enjoy together and then hopefully when I am back in Asheville they can continue to meet up and enjoy the many food options Charleston has to offer.
The first thing I want to acknowledge is that our server was perfection. She was from Paris, very friendly and took care of us so well. She was so fun, we wanted her to sit down and join us for the meal. We absolutely LOVED her and would go back to the restaurant simply because of her.
We started with delicious mixed drinks. Brown Butter-Washed Old Fashioned, Tequila Salad, Get Sauced Give Thanks, Plum Perfect, and a Chocolate Mezcal Martini. Favorites were definitely the Get Sauced and the Chocolate Martini.
For starters we ordered Beef Carpaccio, Goat Cheese Spring Rolls, and a special of the day, the most delicious Cheese Board. While I will say there was an imbalance of flavors in most of our dishes, the cheese board was amazing. The bleu cheese was outstanding and the crusty baguette, pickled veggies and accompanying honey, delicious. The Beef Carpaccio was slightly overwhelmed by the berry hoisin gastrique and dijon creme. What you want to taste in a dish like this is the amazing and full flavor of the beef. Not have it masked by other strong flavors.
For mains we had Scallops with coconut rice, Coq au vin, and curry shrimp soup. The coconut rice was amazing, and the accompanying green curry beurre blanc complimented it perfectly. We enjoyed the Coq au vin and the soup. Both flavorful, and cozy dishes. Everything else was good but not mind blowing.
We finished the night with cappuccinos, chocolate mousse with brandied cherries, and creme brûlée. Again nothing stands out in my mind as supremely excellent.
It was a gorgeous evening and we sat outside in the courtyard enjoying a cool breeze, good food and even better company and conversation. I will highlight our server once again as she was by far the best part of the evening. If you do want to try out Bistronomy by Nico, you will not be disappointed by the amazing service. We would give our experience a 6.5/7 out of 10. While we wouldn’t say no to visiting Bistronomy again, we will choose to visit the many other amazing restaurants in Charleston before returning.