Friday, September 24, 2010

5th Street Cafe

Heirloom Tomatoes, Brie and Peppered Walnuts.

I was recently invited to sample the fare at the newly opened Fifth Street Cafe, the second venture by A.D. Allushi and ZaZa Pachulia - their first being Buckhead Bottle Bar. The look reminds me of Buckhead Bottle Bar, with black and white abstract designs covering the ceiling. My favorites included the heirloom tomato salad (above), which was quite flavorful and interesting with the unusual addition of brie. The vegetables served with the fish dish delighted the palate, with beets and mushrooms adding variety to the beautiful plate. The garlic fries were also delicious with loads of tasty garlic and the filet they were served with was solid as well - tender and juicy, cooked rare as we'd requested.

I was a bit disappointed with the calamari as it said it was served with hot and mild peppers but there was nothing at all spicy in there to me. The goat cheese tart was better - warm and tasty with the distinct caramelized onion flavor.

Overall 5th Street Cafe looks to be a positive addition to the midtown dining scene. I'd love to see a little more creativity and bold flavor but I think the majority of diners will find something they can enjoy here. There is also a large bar and one end of the restaurant serves as a lunch cafe and dessert area.

Fried Calamari with peppers and tomato sauce.

Warm Goat cheese and caramelized onion tart.

Fish of the day over seasonal vegetables - the vegetables were a standout.

Filet mignon with garlic fries and herb butter.

The bar.

The dessert section/cafe.

Chocolate orange mousse - light and tasty.

The scene - the decor is reminiscent of Buckhead Bottle Bar.

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