With Savannah Restaurant Week in full swing and our minds and stomachs prepared to try a relatively new addition to the Savannah food scene, we headed out to the Blue Turtle Bistro, nestled in Midtown Savannah.
The menu sounded eclectic and unique in itself and we were not disappointed when we entered through a spacious bar area, adjacent to the main dining room.
Upon entering, one immediately notices the minimalistic approach and the use of earthly colors and soft lightening that creates a warm and welcoming feeling.
The main dining room features ample and comfortable seating and continues the spacious and warm approach of the entrance, accentuated with a wall lit by candlelight.
My wife and I decided to sample the prix fixe menu, served during the weeklong celebration and ordered the fresh mozzarella and Blue Turtle salad.
Our order arrived almost immediately, a sign of the attentive waiting staff whose impeccable dress code and warm smile compliment the restaurant’s atmosphere.
The fresh mozzarella was accompanied by heirloom tomatoes and fresh salad, topped with aged balsamic which brought the entire starter together. The dish had a nice hint of sea salt and the mozzarella was definitely the star of this great dish.
My wife ordered the Blue Turtle salad, a mixture of greens, tomatoes and cucumber, tossed in light honey vinaigrette. The freshness and the hint of honey make this starter a perfect summer dish.
Both starters were accompanied by warm sliced buns that had great taste and texture; a perfect vessel for the creamy butter served on the side.
Our main courses arrived right on time and we opted to share a scallop risotto dish and pan roasted chicken breast.
The scallops were seasoned and seared to perfection with each bite giving an eclectic taste of saltiness and natural sweetness. The risotto, mixed with goat cheese, fresh basil and tomato, provided a perfect combination and was rich and creamy.
The chicken breast, accompanied by wild mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and haricots verts, was seared on the outside and moist on the inside.
After this experience we could not wait to see how the chef was going to top off this menu with a dessert selection of pecan pie topped with maple ice cream and strawberry shortcake with basil whipped cream.
Should anyone ever wish to define ultimate decadence, then these desserts will certainly fit the bill. Both were homemade and served warm and whether you like chocolate and caramel topped pecans with refreshing maple ice cream or the light strawberries on top of freshly baked shortbread, you are certainly facing a dilemma after a perfect meal.
That is the reason why we picked both because we surely were not going to miss the grand finale.
Blue Turtle Bistro may be a newcomer but the staff and chef certainly know how to make a name for themselves and words like eclectic and minimalistic fall short in describing our culinary experience.
The simple design and eclectic menu is enveloped with soothing background music that reminded us of a typical European-style bistro in Paris, Rome or Barcelona.
The good thing is that nobody has to travel the distance for this unique experience because Savannah has the same to offer right here.
Quality: 5 stars
Ambiance: 5 stars
Service: 5 stars
Overall rating: 5 stars
More information about Savannah Restaurant Week can be found in our review.