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So, who would’ve guessed the week I go on vacation, there were more media events than any other week this year. Yep, I went to San Diego and missed about five media events. One of these was a luncheon at Savu, in the W Hotel in Dunwoody. Fortunately for me, most of the restaurants were kind enough to reschedule a visit for me. Savu was one of these restaurants.
The last time I was at Savu was about five years ago. I met an internet date there. He said he wasn’t that hungry and wasn’t going to order dinner. Needless to say, it most definitely was not a match. From what I remember, the interior of the W Hotel still is pretty similar – posh and swanky.
Stepping inside, I almost missed Savu. Around the corner and off to the left it is a small restaurant with about ten tables. We sat against the wall with a great view of the bar and lobby. I was fortunate to meet the Executive Chef Stacie Vande Wetering. She helped open Rosa Mexicano Restaurant in Atlantic Station and she worked at the restaurant that is now Lenox Square Grill.
Stacie was kind enough to give me a little history Savu. Savu first began as an Asian fusion restaurant when that cuisine was wildly popular. Trying to stick with that theme, it seems the restaurant’s popularity waned. Six months ago, Stacie was brought on board to completely revamp the tired menu. She did use the words “farm to table” when describing her menu but also rolled her eyes as she did so, not wanting to seem as though trying to jump on the bandwagon.
The new menu has some unique salads, bites, starters and mostly small plates. However, there is a NY Strip on the menu if you are looking for a large entree portion. It is an anomoly at $25, with most of the meals not being more than $15.
If all the cocktails are anywhere near as delicious as the French Whore, then I just need to get a room here and sample them all. As of late, I’ve been pretty disappointed with cocktails -just about anywhere – but this drink restored my faith that at least some bartenders know what they are doing. The pineapple juice, champagne, chamboard and vodka along with berries were a perfect start to dinner. I liked the cocktail so much, I had to get the recipe to share with y’all. It’s absolutely delicious. Here it is:
1.5 oz Stoli Razberry vodka
.5 oz Chambord
1.5 oz Pineapple Juice
.5 oz Raspberry Puree
Shake with Ice, strain, and top off with your choice of champagne
Garnish with fresh berry skewer.
The black eyed pea cakes came highly recommended by the chef. The three cakes were served with a shrimp atop each one. A beautiful presentation and a nice start to our meal.
Salads here are unique and you should try at least one, either the crab, hearts of palm or avocado and mango. I appreciate that salads are available in full and half portions. We ordered half portions and they were more than adequate to start. However, I like that if you want to make an entree out of it (hello vegetarians) you can totally do that as well.
Next up were the sliders (choose 3 for $16): lamb, peach bbq and fried green tomato. My favorite was the lamb, nice and spicy and perfect with the cabernet I ordered. Glen favored the peach bbq more. We both thought the fried green tomato was decent but could have used a little more umph. One thing worth noting is that I found that the bread to meat ratio was quite fair. I hate it when the slider is all bread and no meat, don’t you?
For entrees we ordered the skirt steak ($15) and the Halibut Tacos ($12). Was glad to see the tacos weren’t Tilapia. I don’t mind it, its just that 90% of the time when there are fish tacos, the fish of choice is Tilapia, so this was a nice break from that. They were slightly salty and I would have preferred flour over corn tacos, but other than that I enjoyed them. The watermelon pico was a nice addition.
Skirt steak? Shiitakes? Chimichurri? All are things my palate finds pleasurable. The skirt steak was cooked as requested and had a great flavor. I just wish I had more of the Chimichurri sauce. I am a sauce queen and could have used a side of it to dip the steak in.
I’m so glad we ordered two desserts: the Key Lime Tart and the Peach Blackberry Tart with Almonds. Before tasting either one, I’d made up my mind that I’d like the Key Lime better. But after sampling both, I found the Peach Blackberry to be the winner hands down. So tasty don’t skip this one AND it is not huge but large enough for two to share.
So if you happen to be shopping at Perimeter mall and are craving something other than Maggiano’s or Cheesecake Factory, head up the road just a tad and try out Savu. And if it’s been a while since you visited Savu, get re-acquainted with it’s new menu and perhaps go in the evening and enjoy a delicious cocktail or two.
111 Perimeter Ctr W
Atlanta, GA 30346
770 280 0700