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Preview Party at Bistro Niko

photo-10I spent a few minutes at the opening party for Bistro Niko — the full-tilt-boogie French restaurant that the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group has opened in the new Sovereign Buckhead building on Peachtree Road. It is quite the looker, a fact you will not ascertain from these blurry phone photos. The Johnson Studio came up with a design that feels both very Buckhead and true to a great train station brasserie in Paris. You want more lousy photos? ‘Cause I got ‘em: photo-9See? Notice the terrible lighting and composition? This is the seafood counter in front of the tiled kitchen. You walk right past the kitchen as you enter the dining room, which is a reassuring feeling here because it looks so spotlessly clean. Inside, the dining room is large, with a zinc bar in the rear behind the wall of wine pictured above. Blurry, antiqued mirrors line the walls and groovy swirls on the ceiling frame glowing amber light bulbs. The most amusing detail is a mural that depicts every monument in Paris with utter disregard to Haussmann’s grand plan.

IMG_0006.jpg.scaled1000Look for Buckhead Life founder Pano Karatassos enjoying a “Where’s Waldo?” moment in the mural. There were, of course, a lot of nibbles and drinks, but I’m not going to talk about them because a) I only ate one cheese puff and a fried thing, and b) party hors d’oeuvres have little bearing on the food that will emerge from the kitchen once the restaurant is up and running this Thursday.

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VoiceOf Reason

November 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

That was a bit of a cop out. Should be on a story page rather than this 30 day thing you got going on. I’m looking for a review not Architectural Digest.

VoiceOf Reason

November 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

Oooops, this was a story. My apologies!! Now off to read about La Pietra Cucina…..

Carolyn O'Neil

November 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

John…you are a good photog…just need a better camera than phone cam.
I like your verbal images best.