Kyma: Atlanta: Buckhead
FA Rating: FF, $$$$
The only reason I got to have a fine dining experience at Buckhead's fancy-schmancy Mediterranean restaurant is because my sister had enough Buckhead Bucks to cut the bill down from "Oh hell no" to merely expensive.
I get a little self-conscious at nice places, so my notes from the experience are limited, but I still have opinions.
|Look at the adorable fish plate you get your olive oil on!|
|This was the amuse bouche the chef was sending out, but it's also on the menu as a dish of them for $8 (I imagine that dish comes with four, but I'm completely making that up). A zucchini fritter with a bit of feta and saffron yogurt.|
|$4 for each or $10 for all four|
Tzatziki: yogurt, cucumber, dill - good
Melizanosalata: eggplant caviar, walnuts - very good
Htipiti: roasted red peppers feta - really good
Skordalia: potato, garlic, olive oil - nice
|pita for those dips|
|$15 grilled octopus with pickled red onion salad and a red wine vinaigrette|
The few olives on the four spreads were so good that we asked if we could have a bowl of more.
The next thing we had was my favorite dish of the night:
|$10 Beet Salad: oven roasted beets, butter roasted walnuts, warm manouri cheese, beet sorbet|
At our server's behest, we got the saganaki:
|$10 Saganaki: pan fried kefalograviera cheese, Barbayanni ouzo|
My sister's fiance, Nonalee, doesn't eat seafood at all, so when Cami and I were trying to figure out which whole fish to share, which is Kyma's specialty, she had a salad.
|$10 Romaine Salad: romaine lettuce, feta cheese vinaigrette, fine croutons|
Apparently the specialty business comes with their actually grilling the fish whole instead of filleting it first. Our server explained that this creates all sorts of extra flavor as the bones and everything impart a lot of flavor as the fish slowly grills. I had images in my head of their bringing out to us on a platter this huge whole fish, which Cami and I would proceed to cut open and eat with forks for a good half hour. So I was a little disappointed when they brought us each a plate like this instead:
|$28 - Tsipoura - that's half a fish, $14 worth of the whole, with some braised greens and capers|
|1st Dessert, $8.25 - Banana Kataifi|
|I honestly have no memory of what this was. Some kind of sesame cookie cracker on top of probably something creamy in another filo-y shell with a spun sugar stick sticking out.|
What was good was the honey that they gave Nonalee for her tea.
|They gave her about half a cup of this imported tea.|