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Atera 2015

My first visit to the "new" Atera. The meal is truly Scandinavian in orientation which does indeed give it a flow and rhythm which I think was missing before. It is however still a series of individual "moments" as is inevitable when you are presented with 19 individual courses - though perhaps they don't deserve the title courses, more "courselets". Almost every one could be devoured in a maximum of two bites or swallows.
Why Scandinavian? Well the appearance of various species of fish roe, the taste of dill, the hint of licorice, are all tastes of Scandinavia, even if white truffles from Perigord, miso to sharpen the razor clams, and Foie Gras wrapped in a jellified black currant sheet are not.
I did not take the wine pairing but complemented the dinner with a 2012 Keller Hubacker Riesling which was a fine partner.
Standout dishes? Many, but I recall most vividly the Waffle (with truffles) and the Foie Gras (black currants, and peanut for crunch and texture) but frankly there was not one disappointing moment. Other than the 30 minute delay to starting - 9.30 was the official start time but it was 9.45 before we sat down and nearly 10pm before the show began.
Conclusion. Highly original. Technically flawless. Gastronomic performance art at its most elevated level.

Jun 27, 2015
charlies in Manhattan

Atera 2015

Thanks. Will post my thoughts and observations.

Jun 25, 2015
charlies in Manhattan

Atera 2015

Limited comments to date on ChefbEmborg at Atera. I am going tonight but would be fascinated to hear any comments ahead of and after my visit. I will post my detailed comments.

Jun 25, 2015
charlies in Manhattan

Tucson Mexican?

Are there new recommendations for a Mexican dinner in or around Tucson? We are New Yorkers so nothing resembling an international "dining experience". Just something you wouldn't find in NY and which we would be likely to remember.

Jan 15, 2014
charlies in Southwest

Saint Bart's dining

Thanks. Will try as you suggest.

Saint Bart's dining

I would like to hear an update on the dining options in Saint Bart's. Particular recommendations appreciated for fun, casual dining and of course places with a touch of romance. I can live without the formal dining experience - if its even on offer there. As a yardstick I'd put Blanchards in Anguilla as my "ideal" Caribbean restaurant...

Six hours to kill near Atlanta airport

Thanks for the sugestion. BBQ sounds perfect.

Six hours to kill near Atlanta airport

I have a six hour stopover this weekend with the whole family before an overnight trip to Europe. I can certainly drive for half an hour to get a good meal - kids are 17, 14 and 12. Looking to eat from 4 pm to 7 pmk. Any suggestions?