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Dinner at Kyma in Buckhead

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
This past Thursday, around 6:00pm I went to Kyma in Buckhead for dinner and drinks.  Kyma specializes in Greek style seafood dishes.  The Greek word Kyma translates to wave in English (just a bit of information provide by Andrew, our server).
Passing Kyma in the past, with its Buckhead location, Greek style facade, and valet parking made me think that the restaurant was more upscale than it appeared to be on Thursday at 6:00pm.  The atmosphere at 6:00pm was actually family friendly.  In fact, there were a couple of families there with children. 
Now, after dark I am sure the scene is quite different.  There is a bar area as well as a nice enclosed patio area.  There is also a private room for parties.  All of which have a very cosmopolitan feel.  The entry has a blue ceiling with small lights that make up the constellations and is bordered by large white columns.  Also in the dinning area on the walls there are candles, which I am sure make for a very romantic scene at night. 
Over all the service was good.  The food came out timely.  Each course came out just as the last course was finished.  Our drinks were brought to us quickly.  And they even cleaned the table in between courses with a crumber.  Our server was knowledgeable and informative; although, he had almost lost his voice the night before, for reasons he didn’t bother to share with us.  So, he had to speak at a whisper and we had to listen intently in order to hear him.  Maybe if the children had been a bit quieter we could have heard him better.
Kyma has a few specialty martinis which I did not see on the menu but found out about later.  I enjoyed a couple of pomegranate martinis at the waiter’s suggestion which were excellent.  I also hear that the Kyma Kosmo, a mix of orange vodka, blueberry liqueur, and pineapple juice, is a must try.  Therefore, I will be back.  My date had a Greek Pino Grigio (wine for you none drinkers) which he said was a bit on the light side and a dirty Martini with extra olives.
We started our meal with a Wood Grilled Octopus appetizer.  Our waiter told us this is a Kyma specialty.  The octopus was surprising good.  Of course I’m talking about octopus so for those of who who don’t like the idea of grilled octopus suckers may choose to miss out on this one.  But, for those of you willing to venture out a little the octopus was very good.
For diner I had a the Norwegian Salmon “Agginares”.  My date had a Genuine Red Snapper “Briam”.  I must tell you that Kyma is one of those restaurants that serves average to small size entrees on over-sized plates. So, though the food was good, if you are looking for a place to pig out this is not it unless you plan on having a lot of different things.  In fact they have a “Chef tasting” which is 10 Courses and 18 Tastes.  If you came to eat for a while this would be the way to do it. 
For Desert we had a fresh fruit tray with coconut sorbet, which was very good.  There was a nice variety of foods on the desert menu, but none of them appealed to me.  You guys are going to have to try them yourselves and come back and let me know.  (I tried the octopus, now you a have to step up on the deserts).
For me the bathroom can make or break a restaurant.  For Kyma the bathroom did neither.  Not too good, not too bad.  It was clean and acceptable but not overly impressive.  The ladies’ bathroom had nice fixtures and marble floors.  And, on the counter next to the sink was basket of nice grade folded paper towels monogramed with the Kyma logo and vase of fresh cut flowers.  Just what I expect from a nice restaurant.
Good food, good service, nice ambiance. Overall Kyma is a keeper.  I can’t wait to go back at night when the kiddies are all tucked away in their beds

Welcome our New Guest Blogger

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
My name is Elaine and I have joined the Best of Atlanta Concerts Family.  I will be writting a monthly Blog about different venues and happenings in Atlanta.  My goal is to expose the Best of Atlanta Concerts Family to as many different things to do in Atlanta as possible.  Hopefully not only will I get feedback from you all about the places I go but also about other places in Atlanta where I have never gone before.  We here at Best of Atlanta Concerts want to be Atlanta’s source for finding all the best little known venues, events and artist that Atlanta has to offer.  So, be on the look out for my Blog and look around the site.  I am sure that you will find something here that fits you perfectly.