Hyesoon and I visited Kyma for dinner. It's a very well established part of the Atlanta restaurant scene and for very good reason. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is casual elegance. We ordered the tasting menu to maximize the variety of things we could taste. It starts out with a variety of spreads. I expected the eggplant to be my favorite. Although it was good, I loved the roasted red papers and the yogurt/cucumber/dill spread was wonderfully refreshing. We then went onto a selection of appetizers. I particularly loved the spinach and feta pies.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.