Sunday, April 24, 2011

Decatur: Cafe Lily

Category: Wonderful local place, worth regular visits
Verdict: Elegant Mediterranean food and outstanding service

Cafe Lily is one of those places that I've walked past dozens of times but never tried.  We went there tonight for a Georgia Tech event at the behest of my friend Yorai.  I had assumed from the name that the menu was vaguely French.  To my surprise, it is actually Greek and Mediterranean.  This turned out to be a wonderful treat.

When I realized that the menu was Greek-influenced, I had to try the horiatiki salad.  Those of you who read this blog regularly have read my occasional rant about the unwanted appearance of lettuce in the American Greek salad.  This, boys and girls, is what a Greek salad is meant to be.  The presentation I've seen in Greece is a little different, but this gets the list of ingredients exactly right: tomato, feta, onion, cucumber, olives, all in an olive oil and lemon juice dressing. This style of salad is both refreshing and satisfying.

Yorai steered me away from eggplant and toward lamb.  My lamb chops were excellent: juicy and tender.  They had a light covering of pepper herbs that wonderfully complemented the meat.  The potatoes were finished to exactly the right level of crunchiness.   If only all breakfast potatoes were so well prepared...

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Cafe Lily

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