Ben and I went on a double date last Saturday to a new restaurant in Watkinsville, Georgia. This restaurant came so highly recommended from some of our neighbors that I just knew it would be blog worthy before we even left the house. (Any chef who invites you bring your own recipe so he can prepare it for you on the night when you call to make reservations, has got to be awesome.)
Girasoles restaurant is more than just a meal - it's an experience. Although we were presented with menus when we were seated at our table, we were quickly informed that the menu was simply a guideline. We were encouraged to ask for "whatever our hearts desired."
I could not believe the amount of food that Jose prepared for these TWO meals. There was a salad with hot bacon dressing, crab and shrimp soup, grilled salmon in a blueberry balsamic reduction (my favorite), a yummy chicken dish, steak, grouper, two different kinds of sausage, lamb chops (not pictured), mashed potatoes, cheese grits and roasted vegetables. Safe to say - there was PLENTY of food.
Needless to say - I was STUFFED by the time this dinner was over because I think I sampled EVERYTHING. I had zero intention of ordering dessert but when the waiter described the Chef's creme brulee as "pretty much the best thing I've ever tasted", how could we resist?
I'm already planning my next trip to Girasoles. The question is, what recipe will I take with me for him to make?
I will say that our neighbors were not wrong in giving this restaurant the highest praise. I would definitely recommend making a trip to Girasoles in Watkinsville, Georgia if you're in the area. You will NOT be disappointed.