On a bright sunny Saturday we found Sav's to be as busy as a sandcastle building class in the middle of the Sahara Desert. If that flew by you, let us put it plainly … it was empty. But who would blame the crowds for being elsewhere? With the A/C off, Sav propping the front doors open and the arid temperatures of the outside creeping in, I'll admit it was uncomfortable.
You'll not see anyone cooking your order after you place it. This is a “kettle cooking” restaurant which means all the food has been previously prepared and he'll just reach behind him and spoon your order out of a big kettle behind him on the counter. Whether you're eating something prepared today or yesterday is for you to decide. This doesn't mean his culinary education came from a “feed the children” campaign in deep Africa. In fact we're not saying this is entirely bad, many restaurants operate this way depending on the food they are serving. And we all know that some things taste better after a day in the fridge anyway. Unfortunately ours did not.
Every tester had the same comment. It's just one sentence. “It was bland.” And everyone was right. Al the dishes were bland. Which was confusing since Sav's grill had a 90% “liked” rating with over 420 votes at the time of our visit. That's a pretty strong rating. Our thinking here is the since the food is different from what you mostly find, that drives up the approval rating. Because unless Sav lost his salt shaker that day, we can attest that the flavorless food didn't give him that high rating. Because of this we will not go through the meal we ate but give it some time and go back to try it again. Though I will tell you the reviews are riddled with the same complaint.
Another observation to point out, there are no fountain drinks. Which means you'll be paying per bottle for your beverage of choice. And at $1.25 for an off-brand bottle of water made us realize Sav expects us to pay the Congo price for a simple bottle of water from Wal-Mart. People like to eat food from 3rd world countries without feeling they are actually there.
We'll give it some time and have another expedition out to Sav's but unless they throw a bouillon cube in one of those pots or develop a sense of the American expectation at a restaurant I'm afraid the outcome will be the same. Until then we'll say that Sav's Grill is no diamond at all, but has all the potential to bring both authentic and tasty food from Africa for Lexingtonians to try.
304 South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
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