Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Restaurant review: Floataway Cafe

When a long lost friend and I recently reconnected, we decided to get together our boyfriends for a double-date. We were excited to try Home because I was a big Richard Blais fan from Top Chef, but Blais up and quit right before we were to eat there. Figuring that a restaurant without an executive chef would not be at its best, we decide to try Floataway Cafe instead. Regret that I never got to try Blais's cooking at Home, but I'm so glad we tried Floataway as it was a luxurious and elegant dining experience without the hefty price tag of its sister restaurant, Bacchanalia.While the boyfriend and I awaited our friends, we grabbed cocktails at the bar and admired the mellow but quirky design of the restaurant. I especially loved the brightly colored textiles used on the cush chairs in the bar area. Our cocktails were nothing earth-shattering compared to some of the top-notch cocktail bars like Beleza and Holeman & Finch, but I still enjoyed my blossom champagne cocktail.Appetizers were uniformly delicious. The crab-cakes were light and (gasp!) filled with succulent crab rather than breading. My prosciutto, melon and feta salad was the perfect combination of juicy, sweet melons, chewy meat and the tangy saltiness of feta cheese. The boyfriend is a great lover of all things liver, and his chicken liver and red onion jam appetizer was big enough to serve as a dinner portion. I continue to hate the after taste of chicken livers, but he loved the dish, and even my friend who professed to hate chicken livers liked it.
I had heard that Floataway was masterful with fish, and it was true. My trout had perfectly crispy skin and the mustardy sauce and thinly sliced potatoes were a hearty but not overwhelming accompaniment. My friend's steak frites and pork dishes were also delicious, and portions were huge.The only miss was the boyfriend's pappardelle with veal and ricotta meatballs. He's 100% Italian, so the man knows meatballs and red sauce, and this just didn't live up to his standards. It certainly wasn't bad, but it lacked the seasoning to make it stand-out in an otherwise incredible meal.
Pros: Lovely decor, gracious service, delicious seasonal food
Cons: Pastas didn't match the quality of meat dishes

Floataway Cafe
1123 Zonolite Rd NE # 15
Atlanta, GA 30306

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