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Tantra is a great date spot with a nice variety of middle eastern food. Definitely try the Baklava cheesecake!
I am in love with this amazing Hidden Gem!outstanding food and service.
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We are fortunate to have so many noteworthy eateries in Atlanta to choose from. Most are focused on their celebrity-like chefs and the stellar foods that they offer, but there are a few that take the dining experience to a different place - a place where food is more like a celebration of life. One such place is Tantra, located on Peachtree Street in the Brookwood Hills neighborhood in the space that Ibiza once occupied. Taking his experiences from his highly successful hookah lounge, Divan, owner Max Lotfi along with his general manager Laurend Abraham have created a restaurant with an exotic elegance that offers Mediterranean and Indian foods that are infused with mystic flavors of Persian cooking making for a thrilling culinary adventure.
Heading up the kitchen is Executive Chef Terry Dwyer (Spice, Mitra, Divan). It is obvious that he has fun in preparing the foods as it shows in both their presentation and captivating flavors. The starters are numerous and each is intriguing in its own way. The arancini-like Risotto and Mushroom Pakoras are coated with a chickpea batter and lightly fried and served with a Persian influenced shallot yogurt that amps up these crispy nibbles. A perfect match to the pakoras is the finely seasoned Sautéed Lamb Hummus. This is one of the best hummus offerings in Atlanta - made by blending chickpeas, lemon juice, housemade tahini (ground sesame seeds) and extra virgin olive oil, and an added treat is the spicy ground lamb giving the hummus a tasty flair. Stepping up the flavor ladder is the succulent plump Prince Edward Mussels that are bathing in a most delicious roasted pepper, white wine, and coconut juice broth, but what gives this elixir its distinctive appeal is the star of anise. Make sure you ask for extra grilled baguette for dipping, otherwise you will be reaching for a straw as it is that good. There are not many places that make decent crab recipes outside of Maryland, my bias, but this is one of the best. Using fresh lump blue crab, Chef Terry modifies the egg-based Persian herb kuku sabzi recipe ever so slightly in order to maintain the rich delicate crab flavors. This baked dish is accented with pleasing orange–verjus yogurt, it’s absolutely delicious - don’t miss it.
By now the taste buds should be fired up as from here the culinary adventure only gets better. There a couple of lamb dishes that will satisfy that carnivore desire – the medium-rare meat is given a pleasing pop with the use of the Middle Eastern spice, sumac, can’t go wrong with either the sirloin or the chops. The basil pesto Sautéed Sea Scallops with a classic buerre blanc reduction is accented with dried Persian limes adding a gentle touch of acidity to this dish. These spot-on seared scallops are served with a side of ginger braised collard and mustard greens, and the creamiest Yukon gold potatoes; wow what a stunning combination of textures and flavors. The offering that is unique and is most exciting to taste is the Grilled Ostrich Fan Filet. This ultra-lean meat has a velvety texture and is not gamey but instead much more like a prime steak that’s rich and juicy. To accent these beef like flavors an orange sauce is drizzled lightly over the top of this scrumptious big bird - yummy. After that sense of ecstasy settles in, you begin to wonder if that magic carpet-like feeling would ever go away; if it does another surreal moment is waiting for you again and again at Tantra.
Buckhead's Best Kept Secret... for now. I've been to Tantra several times and each visit has been great. The menu is very diverse with a lot of offerings you won't find in most restaurants. Beautiful bar, great drinks, awesome lounge area, and top-notch food, I'll be there a lot!
Yesterday I went to Tantra Restaurant and Lounge, I enjoyed there very much. There were my friends. We ate the steak entree; I love their service very much. The environment of that restaurant was very good. There food serve is very good.
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Sensual and sophisticated.
Tantra is a sensual yet sophisticated place to enjoy with friends or with your love. I had a truly diva-fied night with a group of gals and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. Tantra is very city without being over the top shushy like some other places that try too hard without making a memorable mark. I love the vibe...dark and sexy!
I had a champagne with Grand Marnier and blood orange to start at the beautiful bar. I then had wine with dinner and and an amazing espresso cocktail in a champagne glass with 70% proof whipped cream to finish the evening.
The food was unique, presented beautifully, and very impressive. We really enjoyed the samosas and raw ground lamb appetizer over matzoh as our starters. I ordered the steak entree, which was fabulous. I tried friend's ostrich and another friend's lamb. Both dishes were excellent. We also enjoyed an array of desserts, but I was honestly more consumed by my amazing espresso cocktail than the desserts.
Service was great and the owner is attentive and caring. Tantra is very Midtown versus Buckhead as far as vibe. I didn't see a striped polo shirt or a pair of boat shoes in the place...thankfully.
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