Nestled in the heart of Savannah, The Collins Quarter has long been a cherished stop for both locals and tourists alike. But with their brand new menu, even frequent visitors are in for a delightful culinary revelation. The journey of re-exploring this Australian-inspired café started for my family and me on a sunny day, just steps away from the iconic Chippewa Square.
As we walked into Collins Quarter, the atmosphere immediately drew us in. With vibes reminiscent of West Village NYC meeting Melbourne Australia, and infused with that distinct Southern Hospitality, it felt both cozy and contemporary.
The eclectic nature of the establishment, from its hipster-casual ambiance to its upbeat undertones, was evident. We visited at opening for an early dinner, but by the time we were done, the place was bustling.
From the outset, our journey at Collins Quarter was punctuated by creative, fresh, and tantalizingly tasty offerings. For coffee aficionados, their signature coffees are a revelation. My son and I cooled off with their unique taro latte – an energizing blend of creamy taro milk and robust espresso, an absolute treat after traipsing around in the heat of Savannah. The appetizers set the tone for what was to be an unforgettable dining experience. The Burrata, with its creamy texture, complemented by Poached Apples, Bourbon Apple Butter, Pickled Raisins, and Brioche, was an absolute delight. The sharpness of the pickled raisins beautifully contrasted with the creamy consistency of the cheese. The Brioche added a textural difference, making every bite a symphony of flavors.Having watched countless chefs sing praises of pork belly on shows, tasting Collins Quarter’s rendition—enhanced with Caramel, Chili Broth, and a myriad of pickled veggies—was an exhilarating experience. The Collins Quarter rendition of this classic was sheer perfection. The meat’s tenderness, complemented by the sweet notes of Caramel and balanced with the Chili Broth’s zest, left us spellbound. Garnished with Pickled Onions and Red Cabbage, this dish was a testament to the chef’s culinary prowess.
The Devils on Horseback came highly recommended. A unique name for an equally distinctive dish. The sweetness of Medjool dates, combined with the tanginess of chevre and the smoky flavor of applewood smoked bacon, was a masterstroke. Drenched in a sherry reduction, it promised – and delivered – a flavor explosion.
We couldn’t resist trying the Roasted Beet Salad. This beautifully crafted dish combined the earthy notes of roasted beets with the citrusy zest of oranges, a hint of heat from the cayenne, and a touch of freshness from the basil. The hazelnut vinaigrette tied everything together, delivering a harmonious blend of flavors in each bite. While we all savored this vibrant dish, my husband, a die-hard beet enthusiast who often feels there are never enough beet-centered dishes at home, was particularly thrilled with this choice. While we all found delight in every bite, it was especially a hit with my husband. As a longtime beet lover, he often laments the scarcity of beet-centric dishes at home. To see him so visibly excited and thoroughly enjoying the salad was an added joy to our culinary experience at Collins Quarter.
Encouraging children from a young age to explore and appreciate a diverse array of foods cultivates a lifelong curiosity and openness toward culinary experiences. Now, as I watch my teens navigate menus with enthusiasm and fearlessly try new dishes, I’m reminded of the invaluable benefits of fostering an adventurous palate early on – it equips them with a broader appreciation for flavors and confidence in their food choices that many adults might envy. My son, a genuine seafood enthusiast, found himself enamored with the Fried NC Rainbow Trout. The Herb panko crust beautifully encapsulated the trout’s delicate flesh, and when paired with a frisee salad and a kick of horseradish tartar, it quickly rose to the top of his all-time favorite dishes. I couldn’t help but sneak a taste myself, and I must admit, this dish was truly exceptional.My daughter’s discerning palate was fully satiated with this perfectly cooked Strip Steak. Paired with Rainbow Swiss Chard and Roasted Carrots, the steak’s richness was elevated by a lavish Red Wine Reduction, resulting in a harmonious balance of flavors. The ambiance, coupled with the scrumptious menu, offers the chance to bond over novel flavors as a family and certainly as a romantic dinner out. We particularly cherished not just the exceptional dishes and the restaurant’s warm atmosphere but the joy of discovering these new culinary delights together. Sharing such moments, both as a couple and with our entire family, truly amplifies the dining experience at this remarkable establishment. My husband ventured into their Scallops dish and was not disappointed. The scallops, cooked to perfection, were nestled on a bed of Ginger-Pea Puree, giving each bite a zesty kick. The Lemon Gelee and Bulgar added texture, while the Watermelon Radish introduced a surprising freshness. It was by far the freshest scallops dish he’s ever had.I decided to indulge in the Southern classic of Short Ribs, and it was worth every bite. The meat, tender enough to fall off the bone, swam in a rich Kimchi Broth, while the Bok Choy and Broccoli Rabe added a delightful crunch. The Sweet Pickled Radish provided the occasional tanginess, making the dish a roller-coaster of flavors.
To those familiar with Savannah’s culinary landscape and to those venturing into its domain for the first time, The Collins Quarter, with its fresh new menu, is not just a recommendation, it’s a mandate. Its proximity to the beautiful streets and gardens of downtown Savannah and landmarks such as Chippewa Square only amplifies its allure.
Amidst the renewed foodie wonders, the hallmark service of The Collins Quarter is remarkable. The attentiveness of the manager and staff, coupled with their genuine enthusiasm for the new menu, made our experience unforgettable.
151 Bull St