Tomo, Tartufo, Buckhead

October 15, 2011 · 5 comments

in atlanta, dining out

Tomo Buckhead

Last night Katie and I were planning on hitting up Tartufo, the newly opened pizza restaurant which shares a wall (and ownership) with La Fourchette. As we were getting ready, I received an email letting me know that Tomo’s new location in the Ritz Carlton Residences was able to open their doors that evening, a week earlier than the most recently announced opening date. Though according to Restaurants Consultant Group owner Tony Akly, whom we sat next to during our quick visit before Tartufo, they had hoped to be open four months ago. Mr. Akly’s group (F.A.B., {three} sheets, MF Buckhead) is responsible for the design and build, an impressive and fashionable room which could swallow the old location five times over.

The menu is in a different format, though 90% of the items are carryovers from the Vinings location. In addition to the many chairs at regular tables, there’s a sushi bar with maybe ten seats, and a more traditional bar with another ten, which is where we setup shop. I ordered the Nippon 75 cocktail (above) with gin, yuzu, and a few other elements, really nice.

I also tried the “sake in a can” below. I was told it was a sake beer, but at 19%, this was no beer. It was, however, a very nice, clean, and sweet fruit rich sake.

Tomo Buckhead

I sampled a few nigiri, my favorite. The red snapper in the center is garnished with flaky salt and lime juice. Definitely the best piece on my order. I prefer to sit at the sushi bar and eat nigiri a couple of pieces at a time, as the intimacy that makes sushi so great is lost when sitting anywhere else. And many pieces are meant to be eaten quickly.

Tomo Buckhead

Same goes for the gunkan-maki (aka battleship style) uni, which should be eaten quickly while the nori is still crisp. By the time it reached my table it was already soft and chewy so I just saved those pieces for last; the dreamy uni is like dessert to me. It was very fine fish, but not the best nigiri I’ve had at Tomo. In such a large space, with most orders being prepared en masse by one of four sushi chefs behind the counter (none of them Tomo, he was working the room), I think it’s near impossible to maintain the personal touch with the chef which I desire. It’s a trade-off, and clearly this is a more lucrative design for Mr. Naito, and I can’t blame him for reaching for such success. There’s no money in running a tiny room with eight seats for omakase.

Tomo Buckhead

We finished with the banana flan, gone in about five point eight seconds. Awesome.

Tomo Buckhead

There was an excellent crowd there on their first night.

Tomo Buckhead

Chef Tomo Naito, very confused as to why this big nerd here wanted to snap a photo.

Tomo Buckhead

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On to Tartufo! We got the classic Margherita. By the time I could walk next door to La Fourchette and grab a beer (which they allowed me to bring to Tartufo), our pizza had already arrived from their 650 degree brick style, electric powered oven. I wonder why they don’t crank that sucker up to 800!

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We thought it quite delicious. Great mozzarella, nice coverage, and a thin layer of bright, lovely tomato sauce.

tartufo

The crust is reminiscent of Antico, but lighter and more preferable to me. I’m not sure how many days this dough was in ferment, but they may be able to get a bit more structure if they give the dough another day or two. But this was their second day open, so I’m not criticizing. The staff was great, eager to know what we thought. It’s a small place, with a few seats at the bar where you can watch the pizzaiolo, a communal table for twenty, a maybe three four tops. I could easily see this being a popular spot, the place is cool, staff is friendly, and the pizza is very, very promising.

tartufo

tartufo

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  • http://www.suburbanwino.com suburbanwino

    I would eat that.

  • http://www.suburbanwino.com suburbanwino

    let me know if you’re ever down for a night of omakase and karaoke.

  • http://www.eatitatlanta.com jimmy

    For sure. My wallet is the only limiting factor, but let’s get something on the books for November?

  • guest

    Do they server the Estrella Damm Inedit?

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