It seems I’ve developed the habit of posting to kill time. Which should work out now, one post a week to one dish a week, at least. This was a little longer between times because I went out too many times in the last 2 weeks. There will be bonus posts on those certain Thursdays, or when I get 2 dishes a week!
Of course right after Bones, we just had to go to Bacchanalia. If you’ve never heard of Bacchanalia, then you’re in the same boat I was in a few weeks ago. Contemporary American cuisine, four-course prix fixe menu, with a changing menu based off the seasons (or nightly!). Quite a pricey place, but well worth the food, and experience! Even though my dish was just an appetizer, we got the whole four-course experience, and it was just amazing. So as a bonus, I’ve included shots of two of the other three dishes I got. I forgot to snap a pic of the cheese dish before I started digging in =p.
Blue crab fritter
In many ways this is the OG of Atlanta fine-dining dishes. Bacchanalia’s menu is continually changing, and this is one of the few constants. It’s light and refreshing while also being rich and decadent — a pile of crab over citrus with hints of vanilla, and Thai pepper that just touches on spicy. Slices of avocado add rich buttery texture. A dish that hits every point and counterpoint on the palate while remaining totally harmonious.
Those pictures do not do this dish justice, but it was the best I could do. These fritters…THESE FRITTERS…I could live off of these fritters! No fillers here, just a ball of crab lightly battered, and then fried to perfection. This “pile of crab meat” was, and still is, the best appitzier I have ever had. The small hint of sweetness from the vanilla, and the spice from the chili is like icing on the best cake you’ve ever had. I guess there is a very good reason why this dish remains constant in their ever changing menu.
Local Berkshire Pork: Loin, Belly, Sausage
Mustard Greens, Baby Carrots
Summerland Farm Peaches
I believe Steve put it best by saying, “This is the best brat I’ve ever had.”
Summer Fruit Sorbets
Blueberry: Lemon Thyme Gelee
Peach: White Port Cayenne Gelee
Charentais: Cilantro Curry Gelee
Watermelon: Cucumber Mint Gelee
The sorbets were the perfect ending, nice and refreshing. The gelee was for the contrast was…interesting. I like 3 out of 4 of them. I can’t say I liked the contrast, I can say I loved the sorbet flavors.
1198 Howell Mill Road NW # 100
Atlanta, GA 30318