My 1st visit to this new Atlanta eatery. A seriously under lit but comfortable and good looking room. Tiled floors that would normally make this a very loud are subdued with an acoustically treated ceiling. Good move. I wish more restaurants got the idea that deafening chatter isn't a calling card, nor is a rumbling, loud HVAC system. Ecco suffers from neither. And the music isn't obtrusive either.
But bring an Owl or reading glasses.
Fortunately, the active open kitchen is well lit.
Ecco is more a small plate kind of vibe, though there are "main" dishes too. It is a member of the Fifth Group of Atlanta restaurants. The only other one I've been to is South City Kitchen which is very good. I think that Ecco will get there, but it needs some work yet.
Bresaola was very good and I don't eat red meat. Cabrales has nothing to do with the restaurants prep, but it is an excellent choice and went well with the 2nd bottle of Spanish wine we had.
Chorizo & pears in hard cider was quite good, though I like Chorizo in Rioja as preped at Azafran NYC better.
Grilled octopus was very tough. This, for some reason, is a tough plate to turn for many places I've been, except a little Greek joint in Astoria. So tender there .....
The duck egg with truffles was a fave at the table.
Wood smoked mushrooms and taleggio pizza was very good, though I'd have preferred some fresh chopped tomatoes with it, but now I'm telling the chef how to cook. OK I'll stop.
White asparagus with cherry tomatoes was good, though the asparagus were a bit tough too.
Tuna crudo was good.
Maine lobster, wild asparagus, thyme and bucatini & Linguini with roasted cherry tomatoes, olives and breadcrumbs both were well received as was the Pan roasted monkfish with tomatoes and saffron.
For dessert, Pine nut tart with citron-buttermilk ice milk was good, but lacked the taste of the citron. The Ice Milk was very subtle.
Coffee panna cotta, hazelnut praline and chilled zabaglione sounded interesting, but like the chef was trying too many tastes with one idea. Good panna cotta needs little else for me. But I didn't try it, so what do I know for certain.
Dark chocolate mille feuille seems to be the hit both visually and taste.
Mixed berry crostata with vanilla ice milk. I don't know how I missed this on the menu and had the Pine nut tarte instead. This looked very good and was confirmed by the lucky diner.
Roasted strawberries with crushed almond semifreddo, sounds, I suppose a bit odd, but it fared very well. Glad to hear, but sorry I didn't tatse this too .... I like semifreddo very much. So I'm the only fool that chose the wrong dessert.
Cappuccino and espresso were both good.
The wine list is well versed and large. We didn't sample the bar's ability, but I'd guess the had a bottle of everything one might want.
Service and timing were excellent.
$360 for 4 with 2 bottles of wine.