March 16, 2005
New on the Atlanta restaurant scene, Silk is the type of place I'd take my brother, who frequents restaurants in cosmopolitan New York City. With a hip, sleek feel, the decor here is upscale Asian. Think high ceilings, frosted glass panels, black chairs, and pale wood floors, rather than the typical American idea of Asian steakhouse motif. (There aren't any chefs throwing shrimp tails into their hats here!) After we were seated, two waiters introduced themselves to us. These charming young men would "tag team" our table throughout the evening, resulting in some of the best service I have ever experienced in Atlanta. They were absolutely top-rate.
So how was the food? While available, we got the impression during the presentation of the menu that sushi is not the main focus here. So we started with a small sampler of Pan-Asian tapas that included delectable chili jumbo shrimp, which were my favorite. Then I enjoyed the absolute best bowl of lobster bisque I've ever eaten! (Lobster is a specialty here.) My husband settled on the seared tuna for his entree ($22). He enjoyed this, but he did say he's had better for less... Per the recommendations of our waiters, I went out on a limb and tried the elk. I was very amused when I asked if this would taste like venison and was emphatically assured me that it would be nothing like that, no gamey flavor at all. (As a girl, I liked venison...) Anyway, the recommendation was for this dish to be served medium-rare. While it was certainly good--encrusted with a pepper-like coating that hinted at heat--I probably would have liked it a little less pink. However, this was my own fault for ordering it this way. I couldn't finish the generous portion.
Dessert? We opted for something light... sort of! We had an apple drizzled in white chocolate. Other choices like the pumpkin cheesecake looked good, too.
Bottom line? I enjoyed our meal. There were several other entrees like the chilean bass or the spicy basil vegetable tofu that looked interesting. I would also like to try their sushi. I would certainly recommend Silk to several people I know who like fine dining. With that said, since our bill reached $150 for two people after tip, I would consider this a more "special occasion" venue for me.
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