Created our own menu, per se, while dining at Amuse!, a French bistro in Atlanta. Sharing all the food, we requested that we start with the main course of Steamed PEI Mussels Poulette ($17), followed by a Salade Niçoise ($12), then the Duo of Duck ($24) and if we still had room, ending with the Les Fromages ($14) cheese plate.
The mussels weren’t very plentiful, but were succulently plump in a delicate white wine, shallot, garlic cream sauce. The kitchen forgot the finishing parsley, but that didn’t keep us from sopping up the sauce with the crusty bread, long after the shells were emptied.
Slices of quickly seared ahi tuna coated in black sesame seeds topped some lightly dressed salad greens, red bell peppers slivers, fingerling potato slices, hard-cooked egg wedges, small niçoise olives and capers. Oddly the menu-listed tomatoes and cucumbers were not included.
A meaty duck leg confit graced that Duo of Duck plate along with perfectly cooked duck breast, asparagus (with, oddly only 4 pencil thin spears) and rough-cut fingerlings instead of the Gratin Dauphinois that were supposed to be there. We asked for the missing spuds, and our waiter brought the gratin, gratis.
With all these foods missing from each of our dishes and the modest portion of mussels, either the kitchen had run out of food or the chef wasn’t back there. That said, what we did have was delicious.
560 Dutch Valley Rd (Cross Street: Monroe Dr)
Atlanta, GA 30324
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