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Damn you, Tuna Tartar on Sardinian Flatbread – you are so delicious. That’s often what I find myself thinking when I revisit my experience at Top FLR restaurant in Midtown. Tucked away behind Papi’s Cuban Grill on Myrtle Street, you could easily miss Top FLR as it is located in an unassuming building. Even stepping inside, Top FLR is pretty basic looking with nothing overly swanky about it. And I did find it somewhat awkward that there is no waiting area.
About 8 of us were squeezed into the joke of an entry to Top FLR. We could barley fit so the front door was slightly ajar to fit all of us, and we were promptly scolded for leaving the door open. Needless to say, I was not overly impressed so far. But once seated (upstairs without a doubt), service improved a good deal.
We started off with 2 of their signature cocktails: Cynar Blood Orange and the John McEnroe. Keep in mind none of their cocktails are girly or overly sweet, this is old world, baby. The Cynar was slightly sweet with a grapefruit aftertaste to it. What is Cynar exactly? It is an apertif made from 13 herbs and plants, but the most predominant ingredient is, unusually, the artichoke (Cynara scolymus), from which the drink derives its name. So yummy, I could have easily had 3, but at 9 bucks a piece I limited myself to 2. If you are a fan of gin, you will probably like the John McEnroe – very refreshing with a hint of cucumber. If you’d like to know more about wine you should check out Eat It, Atlanta’s Review.
Torn between the mussels in coconut lime and soy broth and the Tuna tartar on sardinian flatbread, we chose the Tuna. I believe we made the right decision. I couldn’t believe how much tuna they give you! They don’t skimp at all here. I do believe the description is a tad deceiving. I would in no way call this flatbread, it seems to be more like a big cracker or chip than bread.
And while I’m not usually a fan of ingredients being “thrown on top” of a flatbread, pizza or whatever you want to call it – I loved it on this flatbread. The thai mint pesto, arugala, sliced avacado, and tuna blended perfectly together.
While perusing the menu for dinner options, I was surprised that there were so many duck offerings. There was the duck pizza, the duck pappardelle (pasta), duck breast AND they even had a duck appetizer special which consisted of some sort of duck prosciutto among other items. Needless to say, they are proud of their duck. So, we decided we must get one meal with duck. We went for the duck pizza and decided to go with the hangar steak as well.
Our server recommended we get one side to share as they are pretty large. New on the menu was a sweet potato mixed with vegetables side dish which we opted for. I was disappointed that they no longer offered the gnocchi as a side. It was on the online menu but not offered anymore. I love gnocchi as a side dish, but find that a full meal of it is just too much.
The pizza was a rather large portion for one person. It would be more than adequate for 2 to share if you started off with a couple appetizers and share a side dish. While I appreciated the fact that Top FLR was generous with their duck portion (it wasn’t just cheese and bread) I did feel like there was just too much dough. A thinner crust would have worked better as I felt my jaw starting to work overtime chewing the pizza.
The sweet potato side was tasty and I would definitely order it again. It had a slightly creamy, buttery sauce that complimented the veggies well. As for the hangar steak, it was cooked medium as specified and was extremely tender. I can’t complain, but I didn’t love it either. I didn’t taste the lavender or ginger jus as promised on the menu. But the price is fair at only $13.
Service was reasonable, our server was friendly and helpful throughout the entire meal. But what’s up with the water guy? Glen’s water glass remained empty for the last 15 minutes of our meal. The water guy would come by, look right at it (water jug in hand) and turn and walk away. Glen put his water glass at the very edge of the table so he could get some more water to no avail.
I appreciate the low prices at Top FLR. It is nice to know 2 can eat for around $60 before tip. Our bill would have been right around that if we didn’t indulge in 2 cocktails a piece. Damn you, Cynar Blood Orange cocktail for being so good.
674 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308-1445