Monday, June 4th, 2012
Arriving before our dining companions, we took a seat at the bar and ordered two cocktails, the eponymous Fig Jam that we enjoyed on my birthday. As we sipped our drinks, JE and his girlfriend walked in. Joining us in trying the signature cocktail, the four of us moved three feet to a hightop adjacent to the bar.
We started the same way LC and I did before, with the mini cheddar cheese sandwich. Lightly grilled and cut into bite-size strips, it’s the apple chutney that elevates this everyday sandwich into an upscale appetizer.
Our table of four would have had a hard time devouring what we ordered on our first visit….seven dishes altogether. This time, we shared three more small plates, the apple curry chicken skewers with mango salsa and vegetable spring rolls, both of which were unremarkable. However, the mussels in coconut lemongrass curry broth were as fragrant and delicious as before.
A big bowl of ravioli florentine didn’t make the cut on my birthday, but we managed to split it four ways on this occassion. And thankfully so, it was decadently rich. Another round of drinks appeared.
We both settled on the same large plate, each couple sharing the duck confit with parsnips and a sweet smudge of cherry jus. Fig Jam does a great job with the duck, delivering a perfectly crisped skin and succulent meat.
By now, our plate count was up to seven, but it was quite manageable with four rather than two sharing everything. In fact, we even had room for dessert! Cheesecake for our guests and two scoops of fig vanilla ice cream for me and my sweetie.
This dinner took place a while back, likely at the tail end of their Winter menu. A quick check of their current menu online reveals numerous Springlike changes like a starter of quail with kimchee and cilantro and fried green tomatoes with frisee and chili oil. Guess it’s time for a third visit!
1745 Peachtree Street NE 404-724-9100