This weekend was all sorts of wacky and scrumptious, though not all at the same time. Will and I had our big dinner at Saluda's Friday night, which we'll get to later. When Will and I get together, we like to eat. A lot. It's one of our favorite activities. That sounds rather gluttonous, doesn't it? Perhaps I should say we enjoy the dinner experience with each other's company and good food. Plus we have to make up for all those dates we don't get to go on.
We stayed with my sister a couple of nights this weekend and manage to see two small disasters while we were here. Yesterday, the whole plumbing system decided to revolt and back up into the house. Not fun. Several towels were sacrificed before the plumber got here. This morning, while I was relaxing in bed, I heard a crashing sound. I thought the dogs had knocked something over but no. The kitchen was intact. Then I looked into the yard. A tree fell on the fence. What the what? Rich has spent the afternoon repairing it. Thankfully it doesn't look like it did major damage. Just enough to be really inconvenient.
Saluda's is a casual upscale place (Don't you just love a good paradox?) that blends Lowcountry ingredients and style with more classic French and Italian techniques. The decor is simple with white-clothed tables and antique-style chairs. Forgive me if the lighting in my pictures isn't the best. I didn't want to be that girl taking pictures in a dimly-lit restaurant with flash out the wazoo. Can a wazoo flash? I digress.
We started with what they called a sushi plate.
Tuna sashimi over soba noodles tossed with peanut sauce. It was topped with a salmon crudo, which is sort of an Italian ceviche. Basically raw fish, salmon in this instance, is dressed with olive oil, citrus, and salt. This had black sea salt sprinkled over it. I think that might be some kind of roe on top. The chili sauce in the corner gave it a pleasant heat. It was lovely way to start a meal. Light and refreshing because heaven knows the rest of the meal wasn't.
I like getting dressed up and feelin' fancy, especially if it's a date with Will. And especially if I get to eat food like that. Any date night recommendations for the next time he and I see each other?