Don’t overlook this impressive eatery.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Look both ways before you cross the street. That old chestnut of mommy wisdom applies to driving around Atlanta, Georgia, too.
Because if you fixate on the one side of Peachtree Road that is packed with retailers including the Container Store, Target, Publix, hhgregg, and others, but fail to turn your head to look at the skyscraper you might assume is just an office building on the other side, you’ll miss F&B Atlanta.
And that would be a shame.
The menu offers contemporary French-inspired cuisine made with regional fare, plus hand-selected wines and craft cocktails.
Executive Chef and Partner Philippe Haddad has 34 years of experience with an impressive resume that includes stints at Merv Griffin’s L’Escoffier in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, The St. James Club in Antigua and Paris, and several top country clubs throughout the U.S. In Atlanta, he was the executive chef at the Occidental Grand (now the Four Seasons), the Abbey, and the four-star, five-diamond Nikolai’s Roof. In short, you know you’re in good hands when you order anything off this menu.
Preparations are sophisticated, so even a spinach and iceberg lettuce salad surpasses expectations. Shredded greens are drizzled with white balsamic vinaigrette and topped with some blue cheese, bacon and candied Georgia pecans.
Scallops are served atop an exquisite risotto that will have you wondering why you never thought to add baby zucchini to, well, everything with mushrooms.
Order the tagliatelle and the risk is that your dining companion will slurp it down faster than you can get a second forkful. Served with lobster, fennel, roasted tomatoes and truffle-lobster sauce it suggests Thai influences. But you won’t want to analyze the yum while forking it into your mouth.
The braised rabbit, based on Chef’s grandmother’s recipe, is served Belgian-style with shallots, carrots and dark Belgian ale. In the world’s food dictionary, it is the definition of comfort food.
Lamb is roasted to perfection.
If after tasting several dishes you have room for a bigger dessert, our hats off to you. We opted for the honey fig gelato and it satisfied the sweet tooth without over-stuffing.
Throughout the meal, trust your server for wine pairing recommendations. If you’ve got a hankering for a cocktail, the clever names indicate the level of creative treat in store: “The Mother & The Whore” mixes Hendricks gin, cucumber, mint, lime juice, cucumber cordial, seltzer and rose water tincture. “The Case is Closed” is a blend of Belle Meade Bourbon, Bird Dog Maple Bourbon, Fernet Branca and Frangelico. Each cocktail is well-balanced, innovative and expertly prepared.
Drink and dine here and expect to be impressed.
Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but less likely than most restaurants. We saw no children on our recent weeknight visit. Patio dining is available if the dining room is too noisy (or vice versa).
3630 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
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