Wednesday, August 15, 2007

If you can make yourself heard, you'll eat real well

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 3:38 PM

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I wanted to kill two birds with one stone last Friday night. First, I wanted to raid the Cupcake Factory and, second, I wanted to have dinner. So we headed to Eclipse di Sol (640 N. Highland Ave., 404-724-0711), a few doors from cupcake paradise, to dine.

Eclipse di Sol is the sister of Eclipse di Luna, the tapas restaurant on Miami Circle. It is located in the space originally occupied by Cafe Diem. Several restaurants have attempted business in the space since Diem closed, but Eclipse is the first to do so successfully. On Friday night, the restaurant was packed. People were even dining on the patio despite basting like rotisserie fare in their own sweat.

My only complaint: The place is an acoustic nightmare. It was so noisy, I got hoarse trying to make myself heard to our server. I don't know what exactly the problem is, but the owners might want to contact Sotto Sotto and find out what they did to reduce noise in that once equally deafening restaurant.

If you're wondering why the place is doing such good business, it's the food. Pictured is my entree of roasted pork with potatoes and grilled corn. I know it doesn't sound like summertime eating, but the sweet corn lightened up the rich pork. We also sampled roasted chicken with haricots verts and truffle-infused mac-n-cheese. A starter of fried mozzarella with pesto and marinara sauces actually featured decent cheese.

We skipped dessert, since we were planning to fetch cupcakes. The universe must have been trying to, like, tell us to cut back the sugar, because there were only a couple of cupcakes left and people in front of us were pointing covetously at those.

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