We've had a few meals in the last couple of weeks worth mentioning:
Mid-City Cuisine- did a big family outing here over the holidays. My wife really enjoyed the flight of 3 wines, though I forget now which ones she had. I picked the brasserie menu (frisee salad, moules frites, and dessert) to try to take things easy following multiple days of big holiday meals. The flatbread made its way around the table as a starter. There were several picky eaters at the table, and I'll take their satisfaction as a sign that the food was good. There were a couple of orders of grilled whole snapper, a hanger steak that was scarfed by a teenager almost before it hit the table, rabbit that was reportedly a touch dry, and the fettucine w/ chicken livers (lately of Kessler's best dishes list). Unfortunately, I didn't get a bite of the fettucine before my brother-in-law demolished it- must've been good.
All in all, it was a very good meal. The service was attentive without being overbearing. My moules were very good, and the frites were a deep brown and perfect. The buttermilk tart was light, though I was already stuffed by then. My only complaint was that the 'poached' egg served with my frisee salad was overcooked, and that the server didn't take me very seriously when I complained.
Greenwood's- we had the bold realization during a visit from my parents that we'd never taken them to either there or the Swallow. So, sally forth we did. And we ate, returned home, and continued to eat the leftovers for 4 days or so. There wasn't a bad item in what we had- the fried chicken, trout, several sides, and an amazing piece of blackberry pie. And though the corn muffins weren't corny enough for our tastes, they were the pinnacle of hot doughy goodness.
New Bali Indah- my understanding is that the new occupant of the former Sea Siam at Lenox and Cheshire Bridge is Atlanta's first Indonesian restaurant. We had dinner there this evening and were impressed. The staff was incredibly friendly. And the chef spoke to us and brought a sample of their homemade shrimp paste when we asked for a little extra spice. We started out with lamb satays, served with a soy dipping sauce and pickles somewhat akin to bread and butter. To drink, we had a hot ginger and palm sugar drink that was spicy and hit the spot since it's pretty cold out there. For entrees, we had the ayam suwir pedas (shredded chicken with chilies and lime) and daging bumbu bali (braised beef in coconut milk). The chicken was steamed before being stir fried and coated with the sauce. It was a good balance of hot, salty and sweet. The beef, though quite good, wasn't tremendously different from dishes we've had at Thai and Malaysian restaurants. They even gave us a sample of their black rice pudding gratis. A great meal, and we want them to succeed, so we'll go back.