Blais at Home in Atlanta
- biskuit Apr 23, 2008 07:22 AM
Last night was the first night for Chef Richard Blais and crew at the newly minted "Home" restaurant in the former Posh space. It's Southern inspired, farm to table (mostly), and strikes a nice balance of comfort and refinement. We tried a bunch of dishes and left eager to come back for more. My favorite courses were the deviled eggs three ways (with cornichons, with tuna tartare, and with braised short rib) and the buttermilk pancakes with foie gras butter and blueberries, which was simply astoundingly good. The foie gras butter may have been one of the more "out there" touches evident on the menu, but the kitchen's creativity and command of flavors and sauces really came through in the dishes. Service was good for a first night with a new menu, though a bit expectedly slow. Looking forward to many future meals at Home.
Home was very enjoyable. The starters were excellent -- deviled duck eggs topped with sashimi, BBQ pork, and something else; a salad with beets, greens, goat cheese, and grapefruit (spouse: "this is my favorite salad ever"); and a corn soup with shrimp toast. I also had an fantastic peach-flavored mint julep in honor of the Kentucky Derby. It sounds weird, but it worked well.
The main courses were not as inspiring; both were oversalted in our opinion. I had shrimp and grits, which oddly came with sliced sausage in it, as if it thought it were a paella. Spouse had the "bouillablais," which she wished had come with more broth.
Dessert was a cinnamon spice cake with sweet tea ice cream. The cake wasn't anything special, but the ice cream was genius.
Oh, forgot to say: Richard was not in the restaurant that night -- off on some media thing, the waitress said. So it may be more consistent when he's there.
I had that one too, the "sauce" was simply phenomenal when I had it - and it did seem more like a sauce than a soup, per se. Wasn't too salty at all. It was definitely the sauce that made the dish - everything else (fish, shrimp, etc.) was cooked perfectly but the sauce brought it all together. Nothing crazy going on.
Just hit Home for lunch - a great treat on a warm spring day. Excellent tomato soup with smoked tomato and a dollop of horseradish foam, plus a nice grilled cheese to dip into the soup. "blt" with thick pork belly cooked perfectly, smoked mayo, arugula, avocado and peach was great if a bit messy to eat. the flavors worked wonderfully together.
My wife and I had dinner last night at Home. Thoroughly enjoyed the look of the restaurant and the wait staff was very good.
We started with the Friend Green Tomatos with ranch dressing and buttermilk herb icecream. Very good, although the ice cream was tasty, we both felt it was more for wow than adding to the plate itself. Next, we both had soup. I had the tomato soup and was very pleased with it, although I was disappointed that mine was missing the aforementioned horseradish foam (it would have added to an already very good dish). The grilled cheese was very playful and fun. I loved this soup. My wife had the silken corn soup. It actually had better flavor and I liked it more than my tomato soup (this is saying something as one of my favorite comfort foods is grilled cheese and tomato soup). The only detractor from her's was the shrimp toast. Keep in mind my wife is 6 mos pregnant so certain things will make her almost ill and shell in the shrimp toast as well as the overpowering flavor did just that (I also was not a fan of the toast). This proved to be the only miss of the night though.
For mains, I had the pork short rib. Excellent flavor and it reminded me of the roasted succulent piglet I order in Madrid. Only missing the wood smoke flavor to complete it. My wife had the pot roast and fell in love with the horseradish foam. She asked for and received an additional large amount which really set off the flavors very nicely. Excellent mains, and the side veggies were extremely good, especially the collard greens and fingerling potatoes.
Desert was the strawberry rhubarb pie for my wife and the moon pie/coke float for me. Loved both of them.
All in all, an excellent evening and Richard was very pleasant to meet and talk with. He and my wife discussed Seattle and all of the culinary delights that are found there.
Final Verdict: We will definitely return, I am interested in trying even more of the menu, specifically the pancakes and the crab cakes.
Would highly recommend Home. (I was amazed the concierge at the Westin didn't know of it! (Tsk tsk) A friend and I ate there Monday night. After arriving an hour later than our reservation because of family matter (we did call to let them know), they greeted us with smiles and hoped our evening would be better now that we arrived. Wonderful hostess. The biscuits were served with butter, pepper jelly and pickled okra. What a twist on such a bland veggie. It was great! The Silken Corn Soup with GA shrimp toast was delish, to say the least. The shrimp and grits with andouille was spectacular. My friend had the fried chicken with macaroni and cheese. (Note: the mac and cheese had a cauliflower cream sauce. I loved it, my friend wasn't so pleased.) Side dishes of mashed potatoes, carrots, turnips and greens were an added bonus. I have never tasted such delicious greens in all my day (and my mom is a Georgia Peach). I insisted sharing a dessert. We chose to share the pecan cake with sweet tea ice cream! The cake was similar to a warm coffee cake, the ice cream was wonderful. Chef Blais came by our table for a short chat which was the icing on the cake. What a great guy. Bravo!