C Salt Wine Bar & Grille

We dined at a restaurant operated by C Salt at a golf course, and we had such wonderful dinner there (you can read about it here: http://www.foodlovergirl.com/tgc-grille-by-c-salt/ ). From what we heard, they no longer run the restaurant operation there anymore. How sad!!! So, we went to dine at their original location this time. They offer American Cuisine with French and Asian influences. Sounds good to me!

The inside of this restaurant is much smaller than the golf course, of course. And since it is a smaller space, it can get a bit loud. When you think about the noise level, the golf course was such relaxing and quiet atmosphere… Here, it is more energetic, fun vibe than peace and quiet.

The front half is occupied by a bar and high tables and stools. Then the back side is more of the main dining area with low tables and chairs. Since we went around the holiday season, it was decorated with festive ornaments.

We started off our dinner with couple of cocktails. They had fun names for their signature cocktails. We ordered Fall 4 Me Daiquiri ($12) and Bulliet Proof ($13). No, that is not misspelling.

Fall 4 Me Daiquiri is made with Rum, Pear Nectar, Luxardo Liqueur and Lemon. It was strong and refreshing from the lemon. Nice fruit flavor but not as fruity as I expected. Elegant drink, not very sweet. It was good but didn’t have much pear flavor which was disappointing.

Bulliet Proof is made with Bulliet Bourbon (hence the name), Amaro, Fresh Orange, Lemon and Egg White.  It had nice aroma, and also very strong. Not very sweet but the egg white was smooth and velvety. I really liked it, better than the Daiquiri.

They brought us some complimentary bread with whipped butter, they were good but nothing special.

We ordered some appetizers, the first one was Chilled U-10 Shrimp Cocktail ($3.50/piece). Not your usual shrimp cocktail with this price tag. But, you do get really fresh ones! Shrimp was huge and plump, but the cocktail sauce was not so good. It didn’t have much flavor even with the horseradish added in it.

Another appetizer we chose, Crispy Thai Calamari ($11) was a much bigger hit. It is made with Baby Spinach, Mango, Grapefruit, Cashews, and Hot & Sour Vinaigrette. It was sweet and plump with great flavors! I enjoyed the cashew, blood orange and mango for added texture and flavor. The calamari was cooked just right, not rubbery at all. All the different ingredients worked perfectly together as one big happy family. 

When we were done with our appetizers, the servers came to replace our plates and silverware with clean ones without being asked. I love these extra services…

For the main, we ordered Pan Seared Salmon, Grilled Tuna, and Lamb Shank. Their menu offers good varieties of yummy sounding dishes, it makes it difficult to choose…which is a good problem to have at a restaurant. The Pan Seared Salmon ($27) comes with Roasted Baby Potatoes, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, and Roasted Garlic Sweet Miso Sauce. It kind of looked like a crazy salmon-shaped vehicle on uneven numbered potato wheels.  The salmon was very good, cooked just the way requested, flaky and juicy. 

The Grilled #1 Sushi Grade Tuna ($34) is served Rare with Crispy Jasmine Rice Cake, Sesame Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy, Wasabi Vinaigrette, Soy Syrup, Pomegranate Syrup, and Lime & Cilantro. It was plated a bit fancy, with all those ingredients spread everywhere, atop on each other. It was not easy to see what was going on with a first glance…

The tuna was thickly sliced, fresh and high quality. Good firm texture and quite satisfying. The wasabi sauce was great, it went great with the tuna. Cilantro and lime provided refreshing flavor, while the other syrup gave a nice combination of sweet and salty flavor.

Crispy Jasmine Rice Cake was fun, it was placed underneath the tuna like a bed or a pillow. It had crunchy exterior, while the inside was still soft. Very nice flavoring and good texture. It was fun to eat. 

Two of us ordered Lemon Grilled Swordfish Chop ($34), which comes with Grilled Broccolini. They have limited availability of this particular dish, and we were lucky enough to get them! We both chose Sundried Tomato Pine Nut Butter Sauce to go with the fish, recommended by our server. The interesting thing about it is that the two dishes, completely the same order, looked very different when they arrived. The reason for it was that the sauce that was drizzled over the lamb didn’t quite stay on the lamb on one of the orders. 

Regardless of how each one looked, it had wonderful aroma and yes, huge portion! It had two large swordfish pieces, and I mean HUGE pieces. The fun part was that they were on a nice big bone, turning the fish into a “chop” like pork chops.

 

The fish was flaky, juicy, and packed with flavor. The sauce went really nicely with the fish. It was very well done, with the fish that melt in your mouth…! It was so filling, I couldn’t finish the whole plate, and took the half back home.

We had one side dish to share with the main dishes. We ordered Hand Cut Truffle Frites ($7), and it was a nice portion as well, enough to share among the four of us. It had great aroma and flavor of truffle, which I absolutely love. They were not too thick nor too thin, not too crispy nor too soft. Just the way I like it. Addicting!

After the dinner, we decided to get some coffee and dessert. I went with my usual, Cappuccino ($5). It was creamy and relaxing, good cup of coffee.

As for dessert, since we were all pretty full, we decided to order one dessert to share. We went with Vanilla Crème Brûlée ($8). It came with Vanilla Biscotti. The ramekin was a nice size, but shallow, so it was not a big portion.

It was really creamy and simply amazing. It had great vanilla flavor, rich and velvety. The biscotti was a bit softer than normal biscotti that I’ve had in the past, which was nice. I don’t like biscotti to be too hard. It was sweet and vanilla-y, almost like a hard cookie. And yes, it went perfect with the crème brûlée.

So, how good was it exactly? Well, it was so good that the ones who said “I just want ONE SMALL bite” kept coming back for more and more…until it was all gone. And it didn’t take long for it to disappear either. Needless to say, it was awesome!

The bathroom is located behind a red-ish color curtain in the back. There is a staircase right by the bathroom, and there is a little lounge area on the top. The customers who are waiting for their table can go up there and relax until the table is ready. I didn’t go up there, but I heard there is a table with sofa and a TV. How considerate!

There is only one uni-sex bathroom, roomy and cozy. Bright and clean, homey and cute.

Our waitress, Sarah was really nice and polite, she took a good care of us. The food was very tasty and we enjoyed our dinner in the energetic yet relaxing atmosphere. I can see the reason why they are popular among the locals and alike. The price point is a bit high, but the portion is pretty good, and the quality of the food is high. I would definitely recommend!

 

C Salt Wine Bar & Grille – 75 Davis Straits, Falmouth, MA 02540

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