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You may not have heard of Chef Alain Njike before, but Chicagoans know him from his work at Charlie Trotter’s and the Peninsula hotel and his short-lived venture in the South Loop – Alain Restaurant. Now, he’s moved to Atlanta and opened up a new restaurant called Sundried in the East Cobb area. According to the press release “Sun Dried Restaurant & Lounge serves unique and classic flavors from around the world utilizing local seasonal produce and regional ingredients.”
We were invited to sample some of Chef Alain’s creations on opening night. A blackened Tilapia served with creamed corn and crawfish had dinner off to a good start. I’m not a fan of Tilapia at all, but chef did it justice and he tells us this is how it is served from his native Cameroon. But it was the whole fried snapper that was the highlight of the evening. The crispy fish was flaky and juicy.
It seems every dish has a story that the chef wants to share. A delicious piece of Waygu steak had an interesting story behind it. He said the legend is that in Japan a man was cooking Kobe beef and put salt all over it – too much in fact. So, he washed it off with Sake. Then felt that there wasn’t enough saltiness left. He then coated it in soy sauce for the perfect amount of salt. Indeed, our Waygu steak, prepared just that way was exceptional and we loved the creamy potatoes (Bamileke potatoes, a Cameroon specialty) that were served with it.
We love the creativity of the chef and the Cameroon influences evident in each dish. Time will tell if East Cobb residents are will embrace something that isn’t a chain.
Sundried Restaurant Website
2365 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta, GA 30066