Sunday, June 3, 2012

let's review: lime grill

Post update, Feb. 15, 2013: Lime Grill, (My Lime Cuisine) has closed their doors on Broughton Street. The sign is off the building front and I am trying to ascertain the status of this business. Visit them on Urbanspoon (link below) for more updates... I hope you were fortunate enough to visit.

     Hey, guess what? There's a new kid on the block... the 100 block of E. Broughton Street, that is. Lime Grill opened in February to rave reviews.
     The host reported that business has been surprisingly brisk, in spite of not having a website. (They do however have a Facebook page and are tops on Urbanspoon.)  
     We decided to visit for our anniversary dinner in May.  Lime has a grand entrance... a theatrical lighted marquee on the facade of an old building. How very Savannah.
     Inside, the warm wood decor is punctuated with pops of hot, hot color, exotic plants and big art. There's even a giant Buddha head on the back wall. But, the best works of art are the plates making their way from the kitchen.
     My date had the black grouper, steamed in a fragrant bath of ginger and chili. The aroma made me wish for a similar bath of my own. And the flavor... subtle and delicious.
      At our server's urging, I bravely chose the blackened swordfish topped with a light, lemon-butter sauce. I say bravely because previous attempts to like swordfish have been in vain.
     I usually find it strong tasting and tough... but not this one! I barely had to use the side of my fork to break off a piece. Both the blackening seasoning and lemon butter sauce is used sparingly. I love it when the supporting cast doesn't overpower the actual star of the show!
     Both entrees were served on top of crisp-tender sauteed veggies and accompanied by a side of rice. Each plate was lovely to look at.
     Mine, a nod to spring, had a carrot butterfly perched atop the rice. His, an edible orchid and parsley leaf echoed the blooms in historic squares nearby.
     Lime Grill is open for lunch during the week and dinner every night. I'm already checking my calendar and phoning friends... there are many more things to sample! Who wants to go with me?
Lime Grill on Urbanspoon

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