Tuesday, April 21, 2015

700 Drayton at the Mansion on Forsyth Park

Arguably Savannah’s best restaurant, this shrine to fine dining occupies the oldest and most evocative part of the original 1888 Savanna Mansion on Forsyth Park, a formidable and lavish 17,500 square foot space enhanced with high ceilings, striking contemporary art installations and Victorian antiques. With its splashy interior, this is a one-of-a-kind spot is a true anomaly amid the city's antebellum charms, but a welcome sign of its diverse dining scene. The former Keyton Mansion was converted into a lounge and restaurant that pairs fine dining with eccentric touches like Versace leopard-print chairs and two beautifully designed cocktail lounges — Caisimir's and the Bosendorfer. The Drayton's cuisine is as artful as its stunning surroundings. Today the castle-like mansion at 700 Drayton Street houses one of Savannah’s finest restaurants, boasting an intriguingly eclectic décor and a mouth-watering menu, 700 Drayton Street Restaurant is a fabulous choice for anyone wanting to experience Savannah’s finest dining. 

A collection of Peter Keil paintings up the stairs to Casimir's Lounge in the Forsyth Mansion

The interior of Casimir's Lounge at the Mansion on Forsyth Park 

Casimir's cocktail menu

Devil Went Down to Georgia with Maestro Dobel Tequila, Tres Chilis Liqueur, Spicy Bitters, Agave Nectar and lime juice

Savannah in Bloom with sparkling wine, St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, Hibiscus Syrup and edible Hibiscus flower

The Drayton 700 Dining Room

The Drayton 700 dinner menu

We enjoyed a glass of champagne as we peruse the menu

Fresh baked bread and flatbreads

Olive oil with warm olives 

Black Eyed Pea and Ham Hock Soup with crispy okra

Rocket Salad with narrated white beans oil cured tomatoes and shaved parmigiano

2012 Zenato Pinot Grigio from Venezia

Braised Meyer Ranch Short Ribs with parsnip purée, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, roasted carrots and oil cured tomatoes with jus

While Fire-Roasted Bronzini with orange braised baby fennel, saffron aioli and beluga lentils

Orange braised baby fennel, saffron aioli and beluga lentils