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Joel Brasserie | Atlanta

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Joël Brasserie

3290 Northside Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30327


www.joelbrasserie.com (link)

As recently stated elsewhere in Blogtown,  I have nary a clue when it comes to knowledge of French cuisine.  How on earth I ended up with two French restaurant showcases being posted within a week of each other is testament to hap and circumstance.  Actually, I feel as if I have nary a clue when it comes to any type of cuisine.  Hardly a ‘foodie’ and barely a connoisseur,  I am but a simpleton, gastronomically speaking, with a camera and a desire to make pretty pictures.  This is part of the reason you will not see a ‘review’ of the food on Spoonfed.   I don’t feel educated enough on cuisine to have a worthy opinion and likewise I’m such an easy sell because frankly,  I like it all.  Criminy, I still eat Stouffer’s French Bread pizza when I’m feeling lazy and jonesn’ for junk (and that, my friends, is the extent of my “French” background).  Don’t get me wrong, I love a well prepared, professional meal but do not look to me with eager eyes expecting fancy terms and vast culinary knowledge.  I’ve attempted to sample wines and pick out the flavors of a vintage but in the end, to me red wine has subtle hints of…well…red wine.   Yet my travels these past couple of months have taken me to many a restaurant, of all types and backgrounds and I am learning as I go, putting to a challenge my ignorance and I am having fun as it happens.  Even though I consciously refrain from eating the food you see at Spoonfed, I have managed somehow to gain a bit of weight as of late.  Calorie Osmosis?  My reasons for restraint are partially due to my background in studio photography, where habits were formed with a general distrust of “styled” food that may have been “faked” or not cooked through.  Another reason is I tend to lose all hunger when focusing on ‘work’, or getting the shot.  But mostly it’s because I tend to eat before a shoot because I don’t want to assume that I am going to get fed.  I feel as if I may have let Executive Chef  Cyrille Holota and Fabien Biraud down slightly when I passed on the offer to sample some of the fare placed before me to shoot.  Fabien is the Chef De Cuisine at Joël Brasserie and was in charge of helping this culinary minion on his photo shoot.  I want to reassure him that I will one day return to Joël for the purpose of dining on the fine looking dishes.  What was made clear on my visit to Joël is even though they have had some transitions in the recent past, what remains constant is the quality of food and professionalism of staff, and holy crud what a huge, beautiful, kitchen.  Ok, back to what I know…pretty pictures…

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Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi, Sushi Rice, Dijon Mustard Ice Cream, Tomato Water

Seared Sea Bass, Sauteed Spinach, Hon Shimeji Mushrooms, Barigoule Sauce

Seared Filet Mignon (6oz), Pomme Fondante, Bordelaise

Raspberry Macaron, Lemon Sorbet

a meeting of minds

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Written by Mark Petko

April 26th, 2010 at 2:08 pm