Yesterday the late January sun shined over Charleston and tomorrow we can expect sleet, snow and ice. When developing his late winter/early spring menu, Executive Chef Marc Collins created dishes to counteract the effect Charleston’s unpredictable weather has on its dinner-goers.
Chef Collins explains, “the best part about this time of year is we’re still in the throes of winter but spring is very close.” Circa 1886 Restaurant’s new menu offers dinner options for bitterly cold and balmy nights alike. For chillier evenings, Chef Collins suggests his favorite cold weather comfort food, lamb. His new featured lamb entrée is a Cardamom Braised Lamb Shank with Celery Root and Flageolet Mousseline, Granny Smith Apple Compote, Smoked Paprika and Roasted Squash. Chef’s suggestion for a lighter option on a warm evening – a sushi-inspired Sake Brined Salmon with Carolina Gold Sushi Rice, Honeydew, Pickled Ginger Gel, Thai Pepper Coulis, Shitake Mushrooms and the restaurant’s house made ‘seaweed’ salad – better known as “C” Weed Salad.
Circa 1886’s new menu offers five appetizers, ten entrees and seven sweet finishes. A handful of these offerings were carried over from January’s Restaurant Week menu by popular demand. Diners fell in love with items like the Gas House Egg, an elevated ‘eggs in a basket’, Pumpkin Seed Granola Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with a Sour Yuzu Glaze and Corn Beef Sweet Potato Chipotle Hash, and Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn’s Caramel Banana Cake, now accompanied by homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Pecan Toffee and Passion Colada Espuma (pictured below).
A fantastic introduction to Circa 1886’s seasonal menu is Chef’s Five Course Tasting Menu for $75 or $115 with wine pairings. See the entire Circa 1886 menu and make reservations for dinner Monday-Saturday from 5:30-9:30pm. Visit our website for more information.
Circa 1886 is currently ranked the second best restaurant in Charleston on TripAdvisor. The restaurant is set inside the carriage house of the historic Wentworth Mansion, also a favorite on TripAdvisor. The 21-room luxury hotel currently holds the number two spot among hotels in Charleston and was given three honors in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award. The Wentworth Mansion was awarded Top Luxury Hotel in the U.S. (#12), Top Small Hotel in the U.S. (#17) and Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S. (#19). During the month of February, guests are invited to experience a dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant and a night at the Wentworth Mansion with the Sweetheart Package. Rates start at $525/night from February 1-27. Learn more about the Wentworth Mansion and book your stay.