posted on October 11, 2007 at 4:35 am

I know, I know. I have not been posting that much. The trip to Asia pretty much put me on restaurant overload–eating every meal out for 16 days will do that to you. I have been cooking and it feels so good to get my hands dirty again. Here are my nibbles from the past week.

Went to check out Beleza with some friends for a few quick bites the other day. I was pretty disappointed with our experience. We ordered the crudo tasting, the farro, and the sous-vide sea bass. Crudo was not chilled (as I think it should be) when it reached our table and the flavors were just not there. Farro was cooked well, but needed way more salt. Sous-vide fish was a disaster and none of us went back for seconds on that one. Worst thing I have put in my mouth in months. Would I go back? I would try it again to be fair, but maybe only for drinks. It is a very new spot, but I am thinking it is going to be more of a scene than dining destination.

Dinner with the boys at Rathbun’s Steakhouse last weekend. It was my first visit, but one of my friends had been before and loved it. Really chic interior, but too dark and hard to read the menu. We ordered a lot of food. Seafood tower was awesome. All of our steaks, ribs, and veal were so heavy on the salt–I was chugging water throughout the entire meal. Why is that a common problem with Rathbun’s restaurants? It just kills the food. Sides were just okay–nothing to write home about. Service was nice if not a bit intense with the up-selling. Our waiter did bring us a free appetizer after my friend could not decide between the two. He was very attentive, but annoyed me with his attitude when I stopped him from pouring a new bottle of the same wine we had been drinking into a half-full glass of the first bottle. New bottle=new glass. They may look the same, but every bottle of wine is different. I’d expect a higher level of wine service at such an establishment. We made it out of there for $500 for 4 people. I just was not wowed and think I should have been for the price. There are better steaks to be had in Atlanta.

Ended up at JCT Kitchen for a quick dinner last night. I was really in the mood for something green so I ordered the vegetable plate–a huge assortment with potato dumplings and a light butter and wine sauce. All the veggies were perfectly cooked and the flavors were spot-on. A solid veg. plate if you are looking for one. Just a note: not all the veggies were seasonal. Their bread is amazingly good too–reminds me of the country loaf at Tartine Bakery in SF.

Lunch at Hanil Kwan with my sis the other day and it as good as usual. The panchan were not as good as other spots, but that bread skin and kalbi are hard to beat.

I was super hungry the other day and still suffering from a bit of jet-lag. I grabbed a slice at Slice on Peters St. and it was not that bad. I have definitely fallen into a pattern of ordering from them when I get back from a trip and have no food in my fridge. Good for what it is–a neighborhood pizza spot.

Have any of you eaten at these places? Let me know what you thought.

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  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: susan · October 12, 2007  4:32 AM

    I haven’t eaten at any of these places but you made my mouth water at the mention of Tartine. A friend took me there in May and we went back practically everyday of our stay. I didn’t get to try absolutely EVERYTHING so I think another trip to SF is in order.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 12, 2007  4:46 AM

    I love, love, love Tartine too. I was addicted when I lived in SF. Their tartines made with their in-house bread and pickled green beans are probably my favorite breakfast in the world.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Christian · October 12, 2007  7:55 AM

    I live on Peters Street in Castleberry and get pizza at Slice every week or so. I think it’s better than Village Pizza or Grant Central or Johnny’s (the other neighborhood pizza places nearby) – mostly because of that addictive garlic butter they brush on the crust. This place gets slammed after 8 (full bar, lots of AUC students and young professionals), and it’s difficult to even place an order over the phone because of the noise. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are a great time to stop in.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · October 15, 2007  11:30 AM

    First time poster, long time reader. Ate at Rathbun’s last week and could not agree with you more regarding salt. Wow. Quite possibly the saltiest meal I’ve had in my entire life. I’ve never written a chef but I was actually tempted to get his email address to let him know- it was that bad. It’s a shame that with everything that goes in to the “dining experience”, a heavy hand on the salt can be so disastrous.

    Keep up the good work, your blog is a great read.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 19, 2007  4:55 PM

    Thanks for posting and for the kind words 🙂

    The amount of salt was really astounding! He needs to get it together. I don’t even go to Rathbun’s anymore.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Sally Parrott Ashbrook · November 13, 2007  8:48 AM

    My husband and I went to Beleza a couple of nights ago. I think you should give them another try. Maybe they were working out the kinks earlier, but with the exception of the kinda boring quinoa, everything we ate and drank was exceptionally good.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · November 13, 2007  2:40 PM


    I fully intend to revisit the restaurant since my experience was very early on and just a first impression. I plan on posting a longer recap once I get there a second time.

    Glad you enjoyed your meal.

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