BREVARD COUNTY — There’s a hidden gem of a restaurant inside Indian River Preserve Golf Club that won’t disappoint.
Andrei’s Restaurant, located at 3950 Clubhouse Drive, Mims, is a casual fine dining experience with beautiful views of the Indian River Preserve golf course and food that can satisfy all taste buds.
The restaurant has been open for four years, with Executive Chef Graham Ellis preparing meals you won’t forget any time soon.
The restaurant is open to the public, although reservations are preferred. The wait for a table can be anywhere from 15-20 minutes on an average night.
“We like to switch our menu up three or four times a year,” Chef Ellis said. “I think our St. Louis ribs are a pretty good staple, everyone seems to love a prime rib. Right now on our menu, pig wings, which are miniature pork shanks, is pretty popular. I like to create stuff people may not have seen or cook stuff people know but put a twist.”
Andrei’s Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and has no set dress code. Wednesday’s are known as prime rib night while Thursday nights have a pasta bar where diners can choose what they want on their plate and Chef Ellis will prepare it in front of you.
My dining experience was a unique one, as it fell on Halloween night with servers in their own costumes, and it was prime rib night.
My guest and I ordered fried mozzarella sticks and loaded potato skins, which came out with a beautiful presentation along with some fresh, warm bread rolls.
The mozzarella sticks had a creamy, cheesy center that was unlike any I’ve tasted at other restaurants before, and that alone would be a good enough reason for me to return!
The loaded potato skins were just as tasty. Each half of potato was stuffed with Andrei’s sauce, Gouda cheese and bacon with a side of scallion sour cream.
Our salads preceded the prime rib entrée, which came prepared with soft summer greens, cucumber, shredded carrots, cheese and sherry vinaigrette. The vinaigrette is not for those with a sensitive palate, as it comes with a sharp tangy bite if you douse too much. The right amount, however, elevates your salad to a wonderful, crisp level.
On prime rib night, you can’t refuse what is sure to be a delicious slice of beef. My guest ordered his prime rib rare, while I requested medium.
When the hot plates came out with a side of gravy, the prime rib was sitting on mashed potatoes and a medley of vegetables, including squash, zucchini and green beans.
The prime rib itself looked excellent, and tasted even better. It was a sizable portion, and I had to take half of it home, but if you’ve got a good appetite like my guest, you’ll have no trouble finishing it all.
Each bite was soft, tender, juicy and smelled divine. Even serving myself leftovers the following day, it was just as memorable.
The menu boasts of French onion soup, a variety of flavorful salads, coconut shrimp and corn fritters for appetizers. The lunch menu offers sandwiches, burgers, tacos, wraps and a hot dog, all at an affordable price.
The dinner menu is a bit more elevated, as are the prices (an average of $13 to $20). Dinner includes a flat iron steak, jambalaya, burgers, asiago chicken roulade and sesame crusted ahi tuna platter.
The atmosphere was a casual, relaxed environment and the staff were friendly and helpful whenever you needed something.
Andrei’s Restaurant is located in the Indian River Preserve clubhouse and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
For more information, call (321) 593-9100 or visit www.indianriverpreservegolfclub.com/dining.