There’s a new chef at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Downtown.
Prepare to be impressed.
By Hope S. Philbrick
It takes real talent to transform a dish someone doesn’t typically like into something she finds irresistible.
Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru, who took over the kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Downtown about two months ago, accomplished that marvel last night.
She Crab Soup is a Georgia menu standard, and while I have long been able to differentiate the good stuff from the bad, I haven’t ever felt the urge to dip my spoon into the bowl more times than necessary to make an assessment. It’s rich, creamy, and well-loved by most, but for some elusive reason has never really wowed me.
That is, until last night when I was presented with Kaduru’s version. Rich but not cloying, creamy but with lumps of crab meat for texture; without a doubt, hands down, by a long shot, it’s the best She Crab Soup I’ve ever had. The serving size was generously appropriate and yet didn’t seem like quite enough, which coming from me is saying a whole heck of a lot.
There’s much to admire on the menu that aims to showcase Georgia’s best ingredients, from the seasonal bruschetta to the peach cobbler, the wedge salad to the chocolate pecan tart, the strip steak to the fish & grits with grouper and Sapelo Island clams. Order whatever piques your interest or leave it to the chefs and servers to make selections for you—it’s not like you could go wrong with any food or beverage option. Anticipate quality that surpasses expectations and you’re still bound to be impressed.
Located inside The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Downtown, Atlanta Grill offers an upscale ambiance where attentive servers will strive to deliver whatever sort of dining experience you prefer, whether it’s a tux-and-ballgown-ready lavish multi-course dining experience or a casual grab-a-quick-bite-with-the-family routine. (Since the restaurant is located inside a hotel, though it boasts white tablecloths and an elegant vibe, most anything goes. The skilled staffers strive for one goal: happy customers.) The second-story veranda overlooking Peachtree Street is now open for outdoor seating.
Odds of Encountering Children: Varies, but reasonably high since the restaurant is in a hotel. During our dinner we endured a youngster who squealed often and loudly, but at least it was with joy vs. anger.
The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta (Downtown)
181 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta GA 30303
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