Make a date.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Perfect for date night: The ambiance and the cuisine at Tantra Restaurant both present a tantalizing mix of the familiar and the exotic, the comfortable and the daring, the timid and the bold. What’s more, you’ll leave satisfied and yet crave more.
The dining room sets a sexy stage with its sophisticated use of rich woods, textured red fabrics, soft lighting and bold artwork. The most daring piece—which, like the restaurant itself, is at once blatant yet tasteful—is a custom-made leather chair located at the entrance that’s design mimics the human form in ways meant to support positions of the Kama Sutra.
The menu is inspired by the international “cuisine and flavors that can be found along the ‘silk highway,’” says General Manager Laurend Abraham.
Executive Chef Terry Dwyer’s seasonal menu presents options to appeal to both conservative and adventurous diners. Whatever you and your date crave, there’s an option to please: find meat, seafood, vegetarian, pork and even ostrich dishes, from mild to hot spice levels. Relax. Whatever you choose, the results will be perfectly executed.
Regional ingredients and exotic spices mingle in dishes such as paneer and mushy pea samosas, chili-seared Hawaiian tuna, and pomegranate braised boneless beef short rib. Cocktails wink at possibility with names like Forbidden Fruit, Tantric, Sensual Chocolate and Seven Year Spice. If an evening here doesn’t spark your date’s desires, s/he’s just not that into you.
True love is certain when ordering the white curry veal. Inspired by Indian flavors, this sublime not-to-miss dish features mushrooms, cipollini onion, Basmati rice and a potato crisp.
Make a date with Tantra and you’ll crave another. And dudes, there’s no need to wait three days before calling to make another reservation.
2285 Peachtree Rd.
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