Last evening 18 of us got together at the last minute at Iris, 1314 Glenwood Ave SE in East Atlanta for dinner. Chef Nicholas treated us wonderfully. I have never spent 4-1/2 hours in a restaurant before. Boy, did the time fly.
We started with a get together at the bar. In addition to whatever we chose to drink, we had pickles, olives, bread with cheeses and tapenade, oysters, and ceviche. We all opted for a prix fixe dinner menu which was perfect. Because of a few taste variances, Nicholas accommodated everyone. My wife (who does not eat liver) didn't want foi gras, so she was served a salad. She was later seen tasting my foi gras and she remarked about how good it was (but she could still taste the liver, she claimed).
It is not certain whether all the courses can be remembered, but we started with beef carpaccio, followed by lobster ceviche, then lobster bisque, foi gras was next. We were served a small piece of wolf fish and white asparagus next and lamb followed with small portions of mashed potatoes, carrots, and fried sweet potatoes. Those who did not care for red meat were served crab cakes. We finished with individual cheese assortments and coffee.
Every single item was delicious. Chef Nicholas came by numerous times to make sure everthing was to our satisfaction. James, our server, did a magnificent job of replenishing drinks and replacing table ware. We always had what we needed when the next course arrived. And then we asked for separate checks.
Amazing what can be done to recycle a former service station.