Like many Buckhead restaurants, Aria is renowned for its gourmet cuisine, impeccable service, and elegant all-white atmosphere. Generally, it’s not the kind of place one goes for a raucous good time. My new friends Bishop, owner of Bishops Coffee and Tea and fashion and style blogger Nikka Shae of Oh! Nikka were determined to change that.
After an entertaining party at Rumson Gifts, the three of us decided to walk next door to Aria to continue the fun over dinner. Having started with prosecco at the event, I ordered a glass of Cremant de Loire Brut once we were seated.
Every dish on the menu at Aria is enticing, from the crisped tempura octopus to the seared Hudson Valley foie gras. Bishop and I decided to share the butter braised Maine lobster to start. Served chilled, meaty chunks of lobster and whole claws rested upon artful swirls of vegetal broccoli mousseline and black truffle potato puree. We devoured the dish while dishing about mysterious men and intriguing trips. The lobster was certainly a treat but we were somewhat puzzled at the lackluster pairing.
My friends shared the burgundy black truffle risotto and pan seared New Bedford jumbo sea scallops with roasted cauliflower and sea beans, both of which won their rave reviews. I couldn’t resist the pan roasted breast of farm raised duck served with pecan infused spaetzle, pureed sunchokes, and deconstructed Brussels sprouts. A mostarda of mini diced apple added a hint of sweetness to balance the unctuous duck. Although the nouveau modern plating made the dish appear tiny, it was surprisingly substantial.
I chose to have another glass of prosecco as I watched Bishop savor dessert; not a morsel remained of her lemon pound cake with lemon custard and vanilla ice cream.
The best kind of fun is the spontaneous variety. Cheers to new friends!
490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE 404-233-7673