On Sunday night, Slick + I met the Barocai, Rosh + Z and Gorms at Kaleidoscope Bistro + Pub located in Village Place Brookhaven for an early dinner and drinks. The restaurant choice was based on Gorms’ glowing recommendation – which I will always trust without question. She really knows her stuff. Other than Haven and Valenza, I haven’t eaten at too many restaurants in Brookhaven, but I continue to be pleased with what that neighborhood has to offer. Kaleidoscope totally hit the spot.
Here’s the Q+DD on Kaleidoscope: Recently opened by a few former Buckhead Diner folks, including executive chef Joey Riley, the idea behind the name is that every time you look into a kaleidoscope you see something colorful and different. That concept is applied to their own menu. They call their cuisine “global comfort food,” as both the food + drinks are ever changing. The restaurant features seasonal items and daily specials.
Upon arrival, we sat down at a large, wooden community table + had no trouble selecting a few delicious (and gorgeous, I might add) appetizers to start us off:
Ahi Tuna Tartare: avocado, tomato, coriander, feta, yuzu.
Thai Style Beef Jerky: bird’s eye chilis, lime, roasted rice. (My fav!)
Springer Mountain Chicken Wings: kaleidoscope sauce, bleu cheese.
For entrees, we took the owner’s expert recommendations:
Slick selected the Mahi Tostado: green chili grits, guajillo charred tomato sauce, tomato/ feta and avocado salad.
Z got the Sage Roasted Pork Porterhouse: brussels, fingerlings, mustard, pancetta.
Rosh opted for Azalea’s Famous Whole Sizzling Catfish: chinese black bean sauce, pickled ginger, lime. She won the prize for the most creatively plated dish!
The rest of us went with the Award Winning Kaleidoscope Burger: pimento cheese, slaw, green tomato chow chow, bread and butter pickles. How could we not? This burg was awarded the Judges’ Choice for “Best (Meat) Burger” in July’s Battle of the Burgers in the Virginia Highlands! It was SO great + well-complimented by the tasty Pub Fries cooked in duck fat. (Don’t judge…)
So, next time you’re in the mood for comfort food + boutique wines or fine craft beers from around the world, give Kaleidoscope a try. Not only is the food stellar + the staff friendly, but it’s also a pretty solid hangout. Get there early, though, it was packed on a Sunday night + they don’t accept reservations. I’ll certainly be back!
I’ve gotta say – Brookhaven is kinda bumpin’…
Kaleidoscope Bistro + Pub
Village Place – Brookhaven
1410 Dresden Drive, Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA 30319