Corsair Kitchen and Bar is Jekyll Ocean Club’s on site restaurant and was pretty much my go-to for dining while on my visit. Although there are other dining options, which I will get into later, there really isn’t a need to go anywhere else unless you want to.
Corsair Kitchen and Bar sits in the lobby of the Jekyll Ocean Club and features fresh-caught seafood.
When I arrived, I freshened up and headed down to the restaurant for dinner. The Garage doors towards the rear of the restaurant were open providing views of the pool and the firepit. The cool ocean breeze flowed throughout and the wonderful sounds of ocean waves somehow blended perfectly with the live music.
There was no way I was staying on the beach and not indulging in seafood, so I began the evening with a glass of rose and the shrimp cocktail with a trio of sauces. For an entrée, I went with the striped bass that laid on a bed of creamy rosemary polenta and topped with a chipotle cream. The bass was prepared simply seared and had a wonderful slight crispness on the outside that was balanced with the creamy polenta. Polenta is similar to grits but is thicker. The chipotle cream added just a touch a spice but that wasn’t overwhelming.
To round out dinner, my server Helen recommended I try the s’mores torte. I almost never pass up a chance to enjoy chocolate, so I went with her recommendation. A sinfully good chocolate cake is topped with a toasted marshmallow. This was the perfect way to end the evening.
I slept in the next day but was able to pull myself out of the incredibly comfortable king sized bed for lunch. The weather was perfect and the garage doors were once again open for you to enjoy the ocean breeze and to also enjoy the view of the pool.
While looking over the menu, the restaurant manager Donna suggested that I try one of their popular cocktails called the Terrapin Xing. If you like pina coladas you will enjoy this one. It has coconut rum, fresh orange juice, fresh pineapple juice and coconut puree. It isn’t too sweet but I think this is the kind of cocktail to sneak up on you later lol.
I began the meal with a fresh salad and then made my way into a couple of sandwiches. My server Cathy mentioned that the pickled and brined chicken sandwich was one of her fav’s so I ordered that first. The pickled and brined chicken is fried and topped with jalapeno, pimento cheese, heirloom tomato and Duke’s mayo. They had me at pimento cheese and fried chicken lol. The chicken had a beautiful crispy outside and the brining ensured it was juicy and tender on the inside. The homemade pimento cheese was creamy and was melted perfectly on top.
I did say the weekend was going to be full of seafood, so when I saw the lobster roll I couldn’t resist ordering it. The giant lobster roll isn’t what you’d typically expect. It had a poached lobster salad served cold and was on a toasted roll served with kettle chips. Most of the lobster rolls I’ve had were simply served with poached lobster meat served warm with a side of melted butter. It was refreshing to have it a different way.
On my last morning, I woke up early so that I could enjoy breakfast. This time, I sat on the screened patio. To accompany my hot tea, I ordered the crab, shrimp and brie fruitatta served with roasted potatoes. I always like to have fruit in the morning so I also had a side of mixed berries that included blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. The fruitatta was amazing and the roasted potatoes with red and green bell peppers and onions were crispy and seasoned perfect.
Breakfast is reserved exclusively for Club guests, but the restaurant is open for the public for lunch and dinner.
The bar program at Corsair Kitchen and Bar is very reminiscent of what I experience at restaurants in Atlanta. You can expect an extensive bourbon and whisky list, international spirits and craft cocktails with house made shrubs and syrups.
Recently, a Happy Hour was launched for guests to explore small bites and some of the craft cocktails at special prices such as the Smoked Peach Old Fashioned made with blade & bow bourbon, smoked peach simple syrup, angostura bitters, orange zest and an ice sphere. And the Jekyll Iced Tea made with fresh lemon juice, mint simple, firefly sweet tea vodka and fresh mint.
The Wharf at Jekyll Island Club
One of the great things about staying at the Ocean Club is that you also have dining options at the Island Club available to you. The Island Club has The Wharf and The Grand Dining Room. I had heard that The Wharf gets pretty lively so I decided to check it out.
The Wharf has been recently renovated and is a casual environment that features open air dining, live music, a happy hour and late night bar. It also has the most spectacular view of the sunset. I’ve never seen anything like it. It is truly unbelievable. The menu is centered around seafood with items like the crab dip, fish ‘n chips and hushpuppies.
“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.” -Kristen Butler #tbt the sunsets on @jekyll_island are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! 😍 There was no editing needed for this photo. That is all God’s work! 🙌🏾 cc: @jekylloceanclub @thewharf_jekyll #jekyllisland #sunsets #islandlife #millatravels #exploregeorgia #willtravelforfood #happilyeating
You can hear the music as you arrive and as you walk up the pier you can see the crowd clapping, singing and dancing. The Wharf is definitely where you want to be for some night-time action.
I’d had quite a bit to eat for lunch, so I went straight to the entrees. Keeping with the seafood theme, I ordered the broiled sea scallops topped with bread crumbs, parsley and served red rice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower. The scallops were deliciously tender and the portions were generous! I’d tried red rice before when I visited Charleston, SC over the Summer and it has quickly become a favorite of mine.
Read about my stay at Jekyll Ocean Club here
The Menu at Corsair Kitchen and Bar is casual, yet it has an upscale and refined flair. Everything on the menu is fresh and prepared in-house with local ingredients. Presentation is important and the food is beautifully presented.
Between the Island Club and the Ocean Club there are enough options to satisfy everyone’s palate.
Corsair Kitchen and Bar – Jekyll Ocean Club
80 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Until next time…Happy Eating!! xoxo
*My visit to Jekyll Ocean Club was a part of a media trip. However, all opinions are my own.