Review: Savor

Even on a weekday night, Savor restaurant in Jackson Township is full of couples. The new date spot, located in what used to house Michael’s Restaurant, promises fresh, organic food with no hormones, additives or chemicals in an upscale setting. It delivers.

Even on a weekday night, Savor restaurant in Jackson Township is full of couples. The new date spot, located in what used to house Michael’s Restaurant, promises fresh, organic food with no hormones, additives or chemicals in an upscale setting. It delivers.

Roasted red pepper hummus with seasoned crostinis.
Roasted red pepper hummus with seasoned crostinis.
The restaurant’s mission statement says the kitchen crew strives for all organic ingredients whenever possible and estimates 80 percent of the produce is organic. Beef comes from local grass-fed cattle farms, the chicken and pork are all-natural, and the seafood is wild. The menu is extensive, with options that cater to different tastes and budgets.

We skipped the linen tablecloths and booth seating and chose to eat outside on the patio—our food illuminated by the candle on our table and the lights from the Fishers Foods parking lot across the street—as we watched car after car pull into the restaurant.

While we waited, we munched on rolls topped with an agave herb butter and sipped cucumber water.
The menu offers smaller plates that can pass for appetizers under the “market table” heading, such as wild salmon cakes with lime cilantro aioli ($12), sesame-crusted seared wild ahi tuna ($15), a veggie snacker ($12) and duck wings ($10).

Calamari with sweet chili ginger sauce.
Calamari with sweet chili ginger sauce.
We started with calamari with sweet chili ginger sauce ($12) and roasted red pepper hummus with seasoned crostinis ($8) at our server’s suggestion. The hummus was creamy and flavorful and served topped with fresh tomato, and the crostinis could have stood alone as a snack. It would have been possible to fill up on our smaller plates, but we cut ourselves off so we could sample other choices we were eyeing on the menu.

Entrees range from applewood smoked pork tenderloin medallions with house chutney ($25) to organic beer-battered wild cod ($20) to pistachio-crusted lamb chops ($35). Each entree comes with a choice of two sides from a list that includes of-the-day specialties, based on the ingredients the chef has available.

Pecan-crusted wild scallops with moscato butter sauce.
Pecan-crusted wild scallops with moscato butter sauce.
We ordered pecan-crusted wild scallops with moscato butter sauce ($30) and chicken breast with bruschetta, balsamic drizzle and pecorino ($20). And while we thought both of our proteins were enjoyable (despite being too salty for our tastes), the side dishes were the true stars of our meal. The sweet potato mash tasted like the best kind of casserole dish served at someone’s Thanksgiving dinner—minus the marshmallows—and the Brussels sprouts were the best I’ve ever had. They came out crispy and covered in a sauce that was almost candied. Our house-cut fries, coated in some kind of herb rub, were gone in minutes. We also had the risotto, which was mixed with a combination of pesto and red pepper on the night we ordered it, but it was gummy.

A note about dinner: Portion sizes vary. My chicken dish came with two large pieces of meat, but my date had four scallops on his plate. The sides, however, were generous, and we had more than enough food to feed us both.

Aside from the entrees, Savor also features homemade whole-wheat pasta, with several gnocchi and spaghetti dishes. There’s also a lunch menu that swaps out the entrees and pastas for whole-wheat flatbreads and sandwiches served with fries or root chips, and the drink menu includes wine, beer and organic cocktails.

And if you’ve got a sweet tooth—and room left in your stomach—you’re in luck. You can choose from a house dessert, a gelato trio or cookies and ice cream.

Savor is at 4870 Frank Avenue NW and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.