Posted by Laura Haynes in
When I caught wind of Seven Lamps I got REALLY excited. Not only because it boasts some of my favorite restaurant qualities (craft food/drink, regionally inspired cuisine, seasonal ingredients, rustic/farmhouse style decor) but because it in BUCKHEAD. Not because I think it needs Buckhead, but because I think Buckhead needs it. And more restaurants like it.
The 114-seat space has a light color palette and features reclaimed wood from a North Georgia mill to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Another unique design element is the tranquil patio area which offers outdoor courtyard dining. Equipped with a fire pit, herb garden and Adirondack chairs for lounging, the space is an oasis in the heart of Buckhead.
Seven Lamps is located at 3400 Around Lenox Road in Buckhead’s Shops Around Lenox. The restaurant serves lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and serves dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. A late night menu is offered from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit www.sevenlampsatl.com.
Now onto the grubness.
My friend Kenny went for the Red Derby, consisting of Bellemeade Bourbon, blood orange, Savannah Bee Co, honey, tarragon | 12.
I went for the Lucy's Candle: Krogstad Aquavit, orchard cherry liqueur, meyer lemon, sparkling wine | 12. Let me tell you something about the drinks at this place - they are not for the faint of heart. If you are expecting a frilly mixed drink where the alcohol is a background singer, you'll want to hold off on the drinks. Now is you prefer your alcohol as the leading singer, completely dominating the stage, then you will enjoy the drinks at Seven Lamps. Very good flavors and very strong flavors.
Next we took turns ordering small plates - everything sounded so good - we decided to truly go for it.
Oh, holy heaven (or whatever you believe in), the savory crepes are divine ($9) - wood grilled tuscan kale, vidalia onion, gruyere gratin, smoked vinaigrette encapsulated in a bowl of melted cheese.
Up next, the mucho heated oysters with b & b pickles, white bread, Duke’s mayonnaise ($8).
Hello, hand cut cottage fries with duke's mayonnaise, espelette (best $4 I've ever spent). These are also the equivalent of crack.
The buttered lobster bun with celery aioli, steamed brioche ($9) was incredibly delicious. The bun was so buttery and pillowy, it literally melted in our mouth.
After splitting our sides, we somehow convinced ourselves that there was room for the main event. I can assure you that after four sides split between two people, ordering a main dish won't be necessary. Nevertheless, the dishes we did order where sensational. Please behold the three cheese sammy with egg and avocado. Creamy, filling and smooth. A really winner!
I ordered the tortellini stuffed with chestnut and marscapone mascarpone with vanilla macaroon, and apple leather. It is a very sweet pasta, almost like a breakfast pasta. Since I am completely addicted to all things sweets, this dish was a great match for me. The elements mascarpone apple, and a vanilla/cinnamon flavor blend nicely together.
All in all the experience was fantastic. Great service, strong drinks, absolutely fantastic food with unique flavor blends and technique. For a restaurant in Buckhead, this was one of the more inviting/authentic experiences I've had in a long time. A refuge, really. Check it out when you get the chance!