June 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd # A4 Norcross, GA 30093
Since I happened to be nearby one day, I grabbed a quick lunch at one of the few places near Atlanta that serves up some Taiwanese fare. I had actually been to Bento Cafe for a bubble tea a while back and at the time, I didn’t even realize that they had a fairly large menu outside of their extensive drink and boba menu. Since I’ve experienced some of the food in Taiwan, I’ve been hoping to re-experience some of the same flavors closer to home and this was one of the few places that seemed worth checking out.
Sadly, service was a little awkward and I was mostly ignored by the scattered server after I was seated. I knew I wanted to try either lu rou fan (rice and gravy) or niu rou mian (beef noodle soup) or at least something like it. I tried asking my server about the dishes, but there was a communication barrier and I ended up keeping it simple by ordering a lunch plate that resembled lu rou fan in nature and hoping for the best.
June 5, 2012 § 1 Comment
75 Fifth St. NW.
Atlanta, GA 30308
My first real interaction with Richard Blais’ newest restaurant, The Spence, was through a preview dinner of sorts at the end of August last year which I wrote about here. After watching the opening date of this restaurant get pushed back time after time, perhaps The Spence was merely striving to encourage an element of suspense or perhaps it just took longer than expected to get all of the elements coordinated the way they intended. Either way, it’s finally arrived to much hype and fanfare, and I was curious to see how the sophisticated yet whimsical comfort food theme stacks up to some of the other dining experiences in Atlanta.