Featuring dishes created by Claude, a Normandy-born, European-trained chef, Claude & Uli's Bistro merges Lowcountry fare with French-inspired plates to create an eclectic array of dinnertime options. The menu intrigues tongue buds with soupy starters, such as onion soup with swiss cheese ($5.50) and Lowcountry she-crab soup ($5.50), and the main courses overload taste receptors with choices of French steak and frites ($19.95) or the Austrian-style veal schnitzel ($19.95), featuring crispy, breaded veal in ravishing cutlet form. Seafood supporters can select the red snapper with a hint of parmesan cheese ($23.50) or the cognac-infused lobster and seafood pot pie ($24.95), in which puff pastry swaddles shellfish like newborn chicks in an incubator.
Raised in South India and trained in kitchens across Europe, chef Anish Gopinath embraces local flavors at Fusion. Low Country favorites such as she-crab soup can be paired with southern standards of oysters rockefeller or grits jazzed up with shrimp. Chef Anish also puts his own spin on American steak-house fare, with dates and saffron complementing lamb and guava and jalapeño glazes adding new tastes to cuts of beef. Perhaps it's these new medleys of flavors, along with a commitment to serve local and sustainable cuisine, that won him the Hilton Head Island Iron Chef Challenge in 2013.
La Fourchette delights diners with a menu of refined dishes sporting authentic French flavors. Anchor your palate to an appetizer such as mussels steamed with shallots, butter, garlic, and white wine ($12) or sautéed scallops in white-wine cream sauce ($13.50), or start starchily with pommes frites double-fried in duck fat ($7.50). Sea-meat lovers can up the appetite ante with fishy fare such as salmon steamed in parchment ($22) or grilled swordfish topped with black-truffle butter ($23), or they can opt for shrimp and scallops ($24), which are served in a light broth with pesto, tomatoes, puff pastry, and asparagus. French shepherds pie blends pulled, braised pork with a potato puree and gruyere cheese ($19.50), while tagliatelle pasta with duck confit, lardons, and mushrooms ($15.50) feeds the rumors that France and Italy are, in fact, the same country.
Tasi sails on seas of blended fruit with its selection of smoothies ($4.15–$4.75). Lou Ferrigno impersonators can opt for the Hulk, a fabric-ripping monster of soymilk, peanut butter, banana, and honey, while Californian coconut collectors can jumpstart their mornings with the peach-mango-strawberry kick of the Triple C. Those preferring more punch in their pureed potion can get a power smoothie ($4.55–$5.35) with a shot of whey protein or espresso, while mountain-lion tamers and hangover havers can juice up the bio-batteries with an energy smoothie ($5.89–$6.60). Tasi also offers customizable raw juices ($4.25–$5.19), coffee ($1.50, $1 if you bring your own cup), and wheatgrass shots ($2) for those looking to imbibe liquefied energy in an unsmoothed way.
The walls of the warmly lit dining room where chef Paul Colella serves up mouth-watering entrees—such as cabernet-reduction prime filet mignon ($30) and tangy papaya-salsa-topped Carribean snapper ($29)—double as an art gallery for the colorful figurative paintings of his wife, Lunonia. The sight of Lunonia slathering oils on canvas in the dining room, or the sounds of guitarist Armand DeMille's retro rock ballads each Friday and Saturday night, may whip guests into a creative fervor, but the restaurant's list of 70 red and white wines and specialty coffee drinks rewards lingerers who don't drop their forks immediately to consecrate their lives to artistic creation and the careful maintenance of unicorn-hair paintbrushes.
Wine Times 4 obviates lackadaisical sommeliery by offering customers a chance to pair more than 70 kinds of vino with an assortment of light tapas. Escort your fermented grapes to the table for by-the-glass swishing and sipping ($8–$9 on average) while you nibble on samples from the menu, which features quiche ($5.95), cheese plates ($10.95–$14.95), flatbread pizzettas ($9), and more. Wine Times 4 provides free WiFi to streamline emergency conference calls or keep your friends distracted as you steal their wine.