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November 25, 2009

Cindy Wolf's Charleston

Tony Foreman and Chef Cindy Wolf opened Charleston in Baltimore in 1997 at the waterfront of Harbor East. Tony and Cindy own two more restaurants in the neighborhood which I had presented in the past : PAZO and Cinchiale . This one where Cindy cooks is their top of the line.   I had the opportunity to taste Cindy’s cuisine on Saturday November 21,  and I can talk only with the best words about  it. We arrive a few minutes earlier. The valet service impeccable and cordial. Our table was not ready so we had the time to relax in a very cozy bar with a glass of champagne. A few minutes after the reservation time, we were escorted by the host to our table and another waiter carried our drinks along. The view of the open kitchen is delightful and everyone there works as if in a laboratory.

The menu at Charleston is Southern, with a definite French touch. Imagine Louisiana at it’s best. There is a choice of 3 to 6 courses with the desert not included in this number but offered by the house. We decided to go with four (4) courses, and of course with different choices to have the opportunity to taste as many different plates as possible.

The impressive wine list is compiled by Tony Foreman (more than 600 labels from all over the world). Each of the choices on the menu comes with a recommendation.

The plates are very simple and have the signature of  chef  Cindy Wolf on them.

Our first course was soup.  Oyster stew for Erricos and Lobster soup for myself.   The dish comes with a beautiful arrangement of the solid ingredients and a decanter with the hot liquid which is poured over,  in front of you and steaming hot.  They were both perfect.  The lobster soup velvety and the oysters just right.  You see they were not cooking while transferred to out table. In the menu we read:

Oyster Stew, Blue Point Oysters, Fresh Basil Albariño, Bodegas La Cana (Rias Baixas) 2008

Rich Lobster Soup with Curry Montlouis-Sur-Loire, Le Rocher des Violettes “Cuvée Touch-Mitaine” (Loire Valley) 2007

Burgundy Snails, Butter Poached Garlic & Bacon Puff Pastry Tart

The burgundy snails were my second choice.  You see this time I did not take many pictures of the food because the environment and the ambiance did not permit this.  I only took four pictures just for you (I sinned for my blog). There are no words to describe this plate.  The puff pastry was perfectly crispy despite the sauces.

Cornmeal Fried Oysters, Lemon Cayenne Mayonnaise was Erricos pick.  You see he has a thing for oysters. Perfectly fried in a thin crunch coating just to hold them in place.  Inside a tad bit raw as a good oyster should be.

Foie Gras

That was my third choice for the evening. Again I have to exclaim PERFECT!  I thought I had good foie gras at the Iron bridge co. but this was levels above.

Erricos picked the Wild Rockfish Ceviche with Cilantro, Red Onion & Chiles , Soave Classico, Pieropan (Veneto) 2008.

I did not try this but I could see in his eyes the satisfaction.

Our fourth course was meat.  Beef tenderloin for Erricos and Lamb for me.  Erricos comment eating his tenderloin was, “tyfla naxei h Artzentina”  Here is the menu description from the restaurants .pdf file:

Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Hoppin’ John, Fried Green Tomato, Bordelaise Sauce Malbec, Susana Balbo (Mendoza) 2007
Grilled Lamb Rack Chop, Local Kale & Potato Gratin, Grilled Local Zucchini Barolo, Fontanafredda (Serralunga d’Alba) 2001

Crème Brûlée Trio: Maple, Calvados & Cappuccino

despinarion’s choice for desert, with the calvados variation being the best of all.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Local Blackberry Compote & Mixed Berry Sorbet

Erricos choice from which I tasted the panna cotta and found it better than mine.

There were two minor mistakes that the personnel handled in the most perfect manner. ” The client is right ” .  They are operating in a way that the meals come at their time.  They never ask you if you like their food.  They are discreet and cordial, and when the time comes for the bill, they ask for your car ticket to make sure it waits for you as you exit the place.  The only time we were asked if we had a good time was by the host as we were leaving.  BUT OF COURSE!   I cannot wait to go there again and try more of chef Cindy’s creations.

The last picture is taken from the Internet and shows chef Cindy Wolf in action!

1000 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

σας φιλω γλυκα!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Karine permalink
    November 25, 2009 1:58 am

    That looks sooo good… 🙂

  2. November 25, 2009 2:09 am

    Οh! Karine bonsoir ma cherie! Finally I decided to write some posts in English, especially those that refer to restaurant reviews. I am so glad you came in and read this. It was really good. I was celebrating my name day that evening. Thanks for the comment et bonne nuit!

  3. November 25, 2009 5:24 am

    Καλημέρα Δεσποινάκι!!
    Να ξεκινήσω από τα “Χρόνια Πολλά” (που γιόρτασες υπέροχα απ ότι φαίνεται)!
    Να είσαι πάντα καλά, γερή, δημιουργική και ταξιδιάρα (ψυχή τε και σώματι – και πνεύματι-) !!!
    Φιλιά πολλά

    • November 25, 2009 11:50 pm

      Γιωργο μου σ’ αυχαριστω παρα πολυ για τις ευχες. Σου στελνω και τα δικα μου φιλια!

  4. November 25, 2009 7:05 am

    Ενα εξαιρετικο γευμα για την εορταζουσα Δεσποινα.Ευχομαι να πηρες και πολλα δωρα επισης.Και του χρονου να γιορτασεις με υγεια.

    • November 25, 2009 11:52 pm

      Γεια σου Γιαννα! Ε παντα υπαρχουν και δωρακια στις γιορτες αλλα η υγεια ειναι αυτο που πραγματικα θελουμε ολοι, καθε χρονο.

  5. Ρούλα permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:24 pm

    -Gaston: oh,la la!Crème Brûlée Trio!
    -Pierre: silence!φέρτε τα πιάτα να τα υπογράψουμε!
    χαίρομαι δεσποινάκι που πέρασες ωραία στην γιορτή σου.φιλάκια

    • November 25, 2009 11:54 pm

      Πως μ’ αρεσεις δε λεγεται!!!! Μολις ξεραθηκαμε στα γελια με τον Ερρικο! Φιλακια!

  6. November 25, 2009 7:18 pm

    παθαίνω πλάκα με τα γλυκα σου! μανα μου…

    • November 25, 2009 11:55 pm

      Βρε χαρα μου μαντουκο δε τα εφιαξα εγω τα γλυκα. Αλλα εκεινο το μανα μου.. αν το λες σε μενα τοτε μακια μουκια κι ελα να σου φιαξω γλυκα, αν το λες στη μανα σου.. πηγαινε να στα φιαξει εκεινη! Χε χε!

  7. November 25, 2009 10:25 pm

    και του χρονου να ειστε γεροί να ευχαριστηθείτε κι αλλο δείπνο σαν κι αυτο και καλυτερο 🙂

  8. November 26, 2009 3:43 pm

    Και ο χώρος και το φαγάκι, σούπερ φαίνονται!!


  9. November 27, 2009 6:00 am

    Τα φαγητά δεν τα ζήλεψα, τα γλυκά όμως…….
    Μία κρεμούλα και για μένα;;;
    Ένα παγωτό, ένα σορμπέ έστω;;;

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