Monday, November 19, 2012

Kitchen Table Dinners at Park 75 at The Four Seasons

Every Thursday, 14 diners can enjoy a five to seven-course family style dining experience at a private dining space in the kitchen at Park 75 (the restaurant at the Four Seasons). I was lucky enough to check it out recently and came away quite impressed!

The setting is intimate. You're joined by other diners at a long table in the midst of their kitchen. It's the kind of dinner where you definitely get to know your dining companions, so choose your seat wisely! It is a Four Seasons after all, so service is top notch. Every single member of the staff we encountered was as friendly as can be and seemed genuinely pleased to be serving us. The dinners also provide a chance to interact with Chef Robert Gerstenecker.

Crispy Tuna Roll
Vegetable Spring Roll
Crab-stuffed Mushrooms
The menu will change weekly, but diners should expect to enjoy global dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Our meal kicked off with bubbly and once seated we were served delicious, warm Parker House rolls with a heavenly truffle butter.

A chalkboard let us know what was in store for the night, and I was amazed by how many dishes we were going to sample. Our meal included everything from crispy tuna rolls (done surprisingly well given this is most definitely not a sushi bar) to a simple but delectable grilled artichoke with remoulade to a lamb kofta kebab that would do an upscale food truck proud. Some dishes were particularly unique, such as a chicken fried quail with honey. It's not every day you have finger-lickin' good quail! Another twist on the usual came in the form of scallops Rockefeller.
Chicken-fried Quail
Scallops Rockefeller

Chicken kebabs and lamb kofta kebabs
Dessert is sure to always be a highlight as pastry Chef Charles Barrett is so darned creative. The menu simply read "make your own brownie." Simple enough, right? First came out a table of creative brownie accouterments (think bourbon soaked cherries, banana creme, and orange slices). Then came out a fairly standard looking brownie. But oh no, he wasn't done yet. They next brought out a giant chocolate sphere and in dramatic fashion poured dulce de leche over it until the center caved revealing scoops of ice cream inside the edible chocolate shell. Yum!

Not content with just that, Barrett next brought out a ridiculously gorgeous terrarium. It looked like a natural work of art, but he revealed that everything in it was made of chocolate and was therefore  edible. I was stuffed silly by that point, so I didn't have room to eat much of it, but it was truly one of the loveliest desserts I've ever seen.

Every single thing we were served was delicious and plentiful, so much so that when the Mr. and I headed home we went promptly to sleep despite it being two hours before our normal bed time. Obviously menus will vary, but if this dinner was any indication, you can expect everything to be top notch.

Park 75 Kitchen Table is priced at $75 per person and includes two glasses of wine. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Although it's new, we heard the week after us was already booked solid. The pre-dinner reception begins promptly at 7:00 pm; dinner is served at 7:30 pm. No special menu requests are accepted.

For reservations call 404 253 3840.

Park 75 (at The Four Seasons Hotel)
75 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

*Full disclosure: Although my meal was comped, I always endeavor to offer my unbiased opinion of the experience!



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