On a recent trip to Atlanta, I was treated to a culinary & visual delight.Â Joel’s restaurant (which actually has two of those little dotsÂ over the ‘o’) is a true asset to Atlanta and a wonderful place to have a meal, relax with friends or just enjoy the evening over a glass of wine.
Joel Antunes is a native of Volvic, France and has brought his heritage to the South. With his mainly French crew, they deliver excellent dishes at Joel’s.Â The dining room itself isÂ a treat with richly burnished woods and soaring contemporary spaces.
Antunes cooks using mainly reductions and he blends his dishes with traditional cooking methods combined with exotic seasonings.Â The soups are wonderful, they play on the tongue and warm the senses.Â They have a particularly nice gazpacho made with tomato sorbet that suggests a true tint of genius.Â And my favorite, the desserts, are inventive & rich- just the way I like my men!
With a world-class selection of wine and stylish surroundings, I never wanted to leave.Â As they were ushering, pushing me out the door after closing, I couldn’t help but think it was one of the best eating experiences of the year.