Temi: Mari and our friend Leah came to visit me in Atlanta earlier this year. I was super excited for their visit because, friends! but also because finally I had people to eat out with. We did A LOT of eating, but we specifically went to visit AIX for the blog. AIX is a fairly new french restaurant that opened in Westside serving dishes that are an ode to the chefs time in Provence.
Mari: The inside of AIX was beautiful. The décor is open but with rich tones of blue and rose gold that bring out the bourgeoise of the place. Definitely a good spot for a nice date. From the beginning, the service was great. They were very accommodating about my no pork or alcohol restrictions and even added a note on my ticket about it to ensure the chef didn’t get any in my meals.
Temi: We started with the house bread, butternut squash tartlet and the duck confit crepe. The house breads were a homemade brioche and fougus (French focaccia) accompanied with roasted garlic, and sumac and orange butter. The butter had lovely citrus tones, not overwhelming but they perfectly complemented the crispy yet fluffy fougus. Add a little bit of roasted garlic and you got this wonderful balance of flavor and texture. And that was just the bread folks!
Mari: The butternut squash tartlet was delicious, the puff pastry was flaky and the butternut squash tamed the usual over-potent taste of goat cheese. It’s a dish that makes you say mmmm more emphatically with every bite. The goat cheese was apparently local, from Sandy Springs. Farm to table people. The duck confit was good but didn’t shine as brightly to me as the tartlet. The duck was tender, complemented by the caramelized onions and the runny egg yolk. I didn’t taste much from the crepe aside from its texture but perhaps that was its function.
Temi: We took out time with our appetizers. Aix is one of those no rush restaurants. The staff is present but not in your face, so take your time, enjoy your food, feel French.
Mari: Eventually we ordered our mains. I got the ricotta and sunchoke dumplings. Temi got the cassoulet and Leah got the Bouillabaisse.
Temi: Not surprisingly, everything was beautifully plated and delicate looking. When I say delicate looking, I mean small portions. But I guess we should have expected that. The pork cassoulet was good. The pulled pork croquette was definitely the star of the dish. As with most dishes, it’s the sum of the parts that elevate your tastebuds. In this case, the beans alone were meh but with the croquette, persillade sauce and caramelized onions you had a success. The pork belly brought some crispiness but to be honest the dish would have been fine with or without it.
Mari: The ricotta dumplings were like dried ravioli? Dough cheese balls? They were not that flavorful until you smothered them in the parsley sauce and ate them with the onions that have kick from black pepper. Also as Temi said, delicate. It was the size of appetizers. And the apps were a lot better.
Temi: Like all that wasn’t a lot of food, we ordered dessert. Their Ferrero no-share-o and the tart au citron.
Mari: The Ferrero no-share-o was basically a deconstructed Ferrero rocher, the base tasted like the waffle mixed with nuts, the chocolate hazelnut nut cream and the hard milk shell. The crème frèche lightened the chocolate flavor so you could eat it and not get a chocolate overdose.
Temi: That’s the theme at Aix I feel. Deconstructed dishes. Where you see all the parts that make the whole. My tart au citron was similar. Layers of speculous, lemon and whipped cream but you could see each layer inside and out. With the vanilla ice cream, it wasn’t too tart which I liked. They made an interesting choice to leave the speculous in the biscuit form vs the crumble you would normally expect. I liked the additional crunch I got, each spoonful snapping through the layers, making me work for it.
TLDR: If your looking for a good fancy date spot, Aix should be on your list. Their appetizers are A+
TMA Rating: 4/5
Ambience: Bright with rich color tones
Wait time: 0 mins ( we had a reservation)
Food: modern French cuisine
Would we go back? Yes, for appetizers and dessert
Halal Friendly? No