We headed out to The Original El Taco last night. It was the second night the restaurant was open and it was packed -- so packed there was a 40-minute wait. No thanks.
We walked around the corner to Mali (961 Amsterdam Ave., 404-874-1411) and had a surprisingly good dinner in a space that has become very elegant and cozy.
I ordered the duck in red curry sauce and Wayne ordered grilled lemongrass chicken (pictured here). The duck was spicy enough to create a slow burn in my mouth, relieved by fresh pineapple and sweet, spiced apples.
I was less impressed by the lemongrass chicken whose marinade had given it that almost mealy texture heavy marinades can cause.
We started with some very chewy fish cakes.
The restaurant also has a sushi bar. While we didn't try any, I saw platter after platter and most of it was beautiful.
I could seriously live on their deviled eggs fried green tomatoes.
Always great to see new concepts in Atlanta, especially the pay-an-arm-and-a-leg-for-finger-food-and-overrated-cocktails variety.
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