Let me start by saying that most ‘upscale’ dining establishments are located downtown with a few exceptions on the Southside. There have not been many choices of true culinary delights located on the East Side of Savannah, but I believe The New South Café is here to change this.
I went to dinner at The New South Café the other night and I was sort of expecting the same menu as lunch with a few additions which would have been wonderful, but to my surprise, the menu was NOT the same at all. The menu was filled with well thought out dishes combined with interesting ingredients and textures that would make anyone take notice – this place is serious about their food!
I started my dinner off with the White Asparagus Soup with a Peach Butter Crostini that was served in a cute mug with the plank of Crostini topping it – Yummy! Warm, creamy, not too heavy and the Peach Butter added a very nice touch.
My appetizer consisted of several different choices that were shared. Tuna Tar Tar with Wasabi Mayo on Sweet Potato Chips, BBQ Chicken Pot Stickers pan seared with a Plum Cherry Drizzle, Crispy Smoked Duck Spring Roll with Asian Noodles, Granny Smith Apple Slaw and Sweet Soy Sauce, Beer Battered Fried Green Tomatoes with Sriracha Sauce – Wow, what a feast, and we haven’t even gotten to the main course. I believe my favorite out of these was the Crispy Smoked Duck Spring Roll – very nice smoky flavor, good textures and great presentation – a ‘must’ try if you go.
For my entrée I had the White Snapper Teriyaki with Pad Thai Noodles, Napa Cabbage, Peanuts, Shiitake Mushrooms and a Lychee Sabayon– Very nice, flavorful and cooked to perfection! The person dining with me had the Marinated and Grilled Skirt Steak with Cilantro Rice, Black Beans, Guacamole, Toasted Tortilla, Pico De Gallo and Sour Cream – Of course I had to have a taste, and it was excellent as well. As you can see by what I have mentioned, this restaurant is ahead of its time. Don’t let the location fool you, it is not ‘just’ a restaurant, it is much, much more than that. The combination of interesting flavors, beautiful presentations and culinary techniques that are devoted to this menu is astounding. With that being said, judge for yourself!
The New South Café – 2601 Skidaway Road – Savannah, GA 31404Hours of Operation – Tuesday – Saturday Lunch 11am-3pm and Dinner 5pm – 9pm 912-233-7568