Alma Cocina, by Fifth Group Restaurants is slated to open in just a couple of weeks on Dec. 6 in the One Ninety One Peachtree Tower downtown. Fifth Group also owns South City Kitchen, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, The Original El Taco and Bold American Catering.
Alma Cocina will serve Mexican and Latin American specialties. Its kitchen will be headed by Chad Clevenger, who has worked with chefs such as Rene Ortiz, Jesse Perez, Rick Bayless and Tim Love.
Here are menu excerpts from the press release:
Clevenger has created a menu that features antojitos (appetizers), ceviches, sopas y ensaladas (soups and salads), huaraches (soft corn masa tortilla with delicious toppings), taquitos (two small tacos), platos mayor (main plates) and sides. Dishes include cachaca braised short rib with Brazilian feijoada beans, chicharrons and cilantro chimichurri ($9); bay scallop ceviche with blood orange juice, aji Amarillo chile, Agrumato oil, red onion, basil and Marcona almonds ($12); mushroom and butternut squash huarache with charred red onions, crema, huitlacoche sauce, queso fresco and epazote ($6); pork cheek arepa with black beans, pickled apple guasaca, queso de mano and micro cilantro ($7); red snapper mole Amarillo with huitlacoche sauce, Swiss chard, roasted hen of the woods and citrus salsa ($22); and Mexican style charred corn on the cob with garlic aioli, guajilo chile powder, quesa cotija, queso fresco, lime, cilantro and epazote ($4).
Alma Cocina places heavy emphasis on their beverage program, even considering details such as the flavored ice cubes prepared for drinks. In addition to the 120 traditional seats, there will be two separate bar areas with communal tables. More on the beverage program:
Extensive beverage offerings of Latin and American beers and wines are highlighted by a deep cocktail list. “Beyond tequila and margaritas we have an opportunity to showcase the great spirits from around Latin America. Cocktails made from Pisco, Cachaca and Mezcal are designed to feature the spirit in an innovative but approachable preparation,” said Fifth Group Restaurants’ Beverage Director Vajra Stratigos.
The three tequilas and ice cubes that will be offered upon the restaurant’s opening include the following:
1. Plata: 2010 Single Estate Tequila Ocho, “Los Corrales” – a unique, small batch tequila with clean, precise tropical notes and honeycomb aromas flanked by pure, earthy agave flavors. Ice Selection: seasoned coconut water, fresh pineapple
2. Reposado: Hacienda Herradura , Amatitán, Jalisco – the world’s first commercially available Reposado invented in 1974. The liquid is twice distilled and, after 11 months of ageing, holds fragrant aromas of sweet oak, cinnamon and spice. Ice Selection: prickly pear, dragon fruit
3. Anejo: Tequila Don Julio – considered to be the world’s first luxury tequila, Don Julio is named after its founder, who was a trailblazer in vertical integration. Aromas and flavors of butterscotch, charred orange and honey accent this profoundly smooth anejo experience. Ice Selection: coffee, maple-caramel
Mondays-Sundays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – close. 191 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-968-9662.
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–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog