An Evening Of A Pristine Culinary Experience
If you're from around the Atlanta area, you're probably very aware of the Cobb Galleria Centre — Two Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339 — right in the Cumberland Mall area. I've know it mostly as an event venue, a.k.a. convention center, and that's probably what most know it as too. But guess what? The Cobb Galleria has its own culinary depart along with a fully staffed, full-service industrial chef's kitchen that can feed an army! And you know what else is special about this gem? It delivers 5 star dining... IN A CONVENTION CENTER PEOPLE! They serve 100,000 people dinner in a year. That's a lot of food to get right and make it taste good. Much less "knock the socks right off" taste buds... which this man and his team do.
every. single. time.
Who's the culinary genius behind all the deliciousness in that kitchen? Who commands this team of talent? Well, that would be none other than Chef Nick Walker.
When the Cobb Galleria invited the Atlanta Food Bloggers' Society to dine at Chef Nick Walker's Chef's Table with a six course dinner paired with Monday Night Brewing, I knew a couple of things right from the get go. First, I knew first hand any dining experience at Chef's table would be another spectacular culinary experience; and second, courses prepared with Monday Night Brewing beers would wrap the evening up in a big ole bow!
First Course | Amuse Bouche
Ginger Crab Fritter with Spicy Banana Purée
Paired with Fu Manbrew - Belgian Style Wit
Fu Manbrew - Belgian Style Wit
Our first bite. Setting the stage for Chef Nick Walker's genius. This perfectly prepared bite.
The ginger, crabmeat, and flavors married well; each stood out on its own while complementing the others.
Duck & Blood Orange
Our second bite and another Chef Nick Walker genius moment. This perfectly prepared salad. The spent grain cracker, frisee, fennel, blood orange vinaigrette complimented each well.
Blind Pirate - Blood Orange IPA
Gorgeous and absolutely delicious. Definitely another genius moment for Chef Nick Walker.
Serrano Eye Patch Bouillabaisse
I "have to admit", because I'm extremely picky when it comes to seafood, this was delicious. The combination of monk-fish, clams, snapper, and fresh rock shrimp, pineapple, saffron, and serrano aioli, was perfect. This surprised me because with all that seafood in it, it didn't taste fishy at all. Anyone that knows me, knows anything that tastes like fish smells does NOT pass these lips. If it smells fishy it's getting passed over to another food blogger that loves that kind of stuff. This bouillabaisse went nowhere but down the hatch!
Serrano Eye Patch Ale - Indian Pale Ale
The combination of monk-fish, clams, snapper, and fresh rock shrimp, pineapple, saffron, and serrano aioli, was perfect.
the Palate Clenser
Bosch Pear Sorbet
Gerrano Show - Begian Style Golden Ale
Dried Lemon and Honey Kissed Pear
This delicious sorbet was the perfect palate cleanser.
Vanilla Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks
Trumpets, Carolina Rice Grits, Heirloom Carrot, Wilted Greens, and Cocoa combined together made this the winner for the night. It was creamy, rich but not too rich, and the flavors wrapped this culinary dish experience up perfectly together. Delicious.
Drafty Kilt - Scotch Ale
Talk about presentation. This is it.
Toated Hazulnut Imperial Stout
I was invited to Chef Nick Walker's Chef's Table Dinner as part of the Atlanta Food Bloggers' Society. I didn't receive any payment and this review is 100% based on my experience.
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