I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Fifth Group just gets it right. Their restaurants always boast an enviable combination of great food, stylish environs and friendly service. So it was with great anticipation that I checked out their newest restaurant, the Midtown seafood spot Lure.
Once again, Fifth Group has hit it out of the park. They totally replaced the oh-so average old Vickery's with a hip, appropriately nautical dining room (think wood paneled bar and an anchor out front saved from being overly thematic with comfy cream banquettes).
Despite being open only since late July, the service is already up to the standard set at neighborhood faves like La Tavola and Ecco with none of the delays or confusion that typically come with openings. Our server and the other staff members who stopped by were knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
But it's really all about the food, right? And they get the food so very right. I have a long standing ambivalence about seafood. I love sushi and raw oysters, but the cooked stuff usually leaves me feeling underwhelmed. Well, surprise, surprise, Lure wowed me with every single dish!
The menu is an interesting combination of influences. You see Latin (a Veracruz style seafood cocktail), Asian (a Vietnamese-inflected octopus and pork lettuce wrap) and even Indian (with a curried creamed corn accompanying their grouper).
Cocktails are diverse and unique. The team at Lure let us know that they designed the drink menu to truly compliment the food rather than focusing on out hipping other local bars. Since it was just two of us, we didn't get to sample from their punch bowl menu, but I love the idea, and the pre-siesta's inclusion of horchata puts it at the top of my must-try list. To make the punch even more interesting, they collected unique punch bowls from around the world, so each is served in a unique receptacle, and they are displayed around the bar.
|The Say What|
The Mr. chose the Say What (bulleit rye, lazzaroni amaretto, lemon juice, simple syrup, chamomile bitters), which he says it was nicely balanced with an appealing amaretto taste without being too sweet. I normally don't like rye, but a quick sip proved this might be a rye drink I'd enjoy. A truly unusual element of their drinks menu is the bottle shop section, which are in-house bottled cocktails. I chose the Micha Caliente (lemon-lime soda, jalapeno vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, verdejo) which was bubbly and spicy without being overwhelming. I will definitely get this drink again!
For the food, we started with fried oyster sliders ($4.50 each) and the grilled octopus and pork lettuce wraps ($17). The fried oysters are simple but full of flavor. The soft bun, the crisp but succulent oysters and the tang of remoulade went down easy. I could easily eat a whole meal of just those. The octopus and pork wraps are not cheap, but they came with ample meat to justify the expenditure. The Vietnamese sauce was redolent of fish sauce and made an ideal counterpoint to the smoky grilled meats.
|Fried Oyster Sliders|
|Grilled Octopus and Pork Lettuce Wraps|
|Red Grouper with Curried Creamed Corn|
|North Carolina Mahi Mahi with Summer Salad and Goat Cheese|
|Funnel Cake with Figs|
1106 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306