Restaurants & Bars

Report on Rathbun's, Atlanta 4/5/08

ptrap | Apr 7, 200807:50 AM

Boyfriend and I ate at Rathbun's Restaurant Saturday night. Delicious!

We started with two small plates...the crab tart and pan fried kefalotiri cheese. The cheese was great, fried to a nice crispness with a drizzle of lemon and olive oil (Kyma's is better, but this was pretty good). Two very creamy green olives came with, on the side. The crab tart was a small pastry shell (very flaky, very good) with crab meat inside. The tart shell was brushed with a grainy mustard. It was good, except my first bite had a BIG piece of shell, so I let BF finish the rest. He loved it.

Dinner for him was sea scallops with asparagus, country ham grits and spiced hollandaise. We asked the server what they meant by "spiced" since it could mean anything...spiced with cinnamon, cayenne, who knows...he just wanted to make sure it wasn't spiced to be sweet...server just said "you know, with seasonings". Ok. But the dish was great, BF said. I had the apple risotto with arugula and parmesan. Yum. The risotto was quite al dente, with a creamy mouth feel and a nice parm taste, then drizzled with a good bit of olive oil. The small scoops of apple were perfect...not too tart, not too sweet...their apple-y freshness cut through the oil and cheese and the arugula added a nice earthy spice. Yum. We both had a glass of the Evangeline chardonnay with dinner and it was a great combo.

We wanted to try some sides so we got the spinach w/ olive oil and garlic and the french fries w/ blue cheese fondue. The spinach...eh. It was just a plate of wilted spinach with some undercooked garlic slices...I was hoping the garlic slices would be crispy but they were not. But the fries were perfectly cooked, not too salty, and the creamy blue cheese dip was a nice addition.

For dessert we shared the chocolate ganache cupcake. It was perfectly warm as if just from the oven...a rich, dense chocolate cupcake covered with ganache and these small crunchy Rice Crispy like balls. Not overly sweet, which is how I like a chocolate dessert.

Total bill $113. I'd say their prices are rather reasonable. We got there at 5:30 and we were one of the first tables seated. The space was very loft like with brick, exposed ducts, and cool Ikea like lighting. The doorway to the kitchen is completely open so you can see the goings-on in there. There is a covered patio which would allow for eating in most any weather. People were very casually dressed, many in jeans, which seemed perfectly acceptable for the place as a casually upscale vibe. We will go again! Good place to take out of towners.

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