Friday, October 26, 2007

Rain opens in South of France space

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 3:12 PM

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I checked out the new Rain (2345 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-325-6963) this week. Located in the former South of France space, Rain calls itself an "Asian fusion" restaurant. I didn't find it very "fusion" in the usual sense that dishes blend styles and ingredients of different cultures. Basically, the menu is Thai and Japanese with an emphasis on sushi.

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The standout dish was the chef's special, called "Four Seasons" (top photo) -- hamachi, spicy tuna, conch, and lobster salad -- clear, fresh flavors with interesting garnishes. I also enjoyed the "crazy roll" (above), a salmon-skin roll with eel and avocado.

I'm including a shot of my entree (left) as an example of how not to present a dish. This, as far as I could tell, was the only true fusion dish on the menu -- a soft-shell crab with a sauce filled with larblike minced chicken, veggies and Indian-style curry seasonings. The crab itself was fine, but the sauce was truly an exercise in excess.

More in next week's paper.

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