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Cardamom Hill opens next week and more news

Asha Gomez, owner of Cardmom Hill

Asha Gomez, owner of Cardmom Hill

On Jan. 5, Cardamom Hill opens in the Berkeley Park neighborhood Heights district of West Midtown. The restaurant will serve family-style dishes from Chef-owner Asha Gomez’s native Kerala, a southwestern Indian state positioned on the ancient spice routes between Europe and Asia. Gomez entered the food scene with her underground dinner series, Spice Route supper club, which blossomed and inspired her to open Cardamom Hill. The restaurant, one of the first to explore regional Indian cuisine, will feature items such as masala-rubbed kingfish roasted in a banana leaf, spiced goat chops and pork vindaloo.

11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and 5:30- 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:30 p.m Fridays-Saturdays. 1700 Northside Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-549-7012. $$-$$$.

In other news:

  • Midtown’s Tierra Restaurant announced recently that it will close on Feb. 17, 2012, just a day after its 13th anniversary. In a newsletter written to customers, the owners of this Latin American bistro, Dan and Ticha Krinsky, cited several reasons including a “serious rent increase” and the economic climate as factors in their decision to close. The main reason, they said, is because Dan accepted a teaching position with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta. 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1425 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-5951. $$$.
  • Meehan’s Public House announced plans to open its fourth location, this time at Atlantic Station. The Irish pub will open in the spring of 2012 and will sit between Cafe Nineteen and Z Gallerie. It will continue to serve twists on Irish and Southern cuisine for both lunch and dinner.
  • Tyler Williams, previously of Bacchanalia, has been named the new executive chef at Abattoir.
  • The Southern Foodways Alliance will host its eighth annual celebration of Southern food, SFA Taste of the South, at this event held at Blackberry Farm in eastern Tennessee on Jan. 12-15. Miller Union’s Steven Satterfield joins other chefs including Joshua Hopkins, formerly of Abattoir, to lead cooking demonstrations and prepare meals with wine, beer and whiskey pairings. $450-600.

21 comments Add your comment

Bill W.

December 27th, 2011
8:06 am

I will really miss Tierra, but I’m very happy Dan is going to have influence on a new generation of Atlanta chefs.

jack trent

December 27th, 2011
8:34 am

berkeley heights is not a district of west midtown. i’ts the name of the shopping center.
too bad it’s a terrible location. people in the area will not support indian food.

SP

December 27th, 2011
9:31 am

Cardamom Hill will rock the Berkley Heights neighborhood! With all the GA Tech students near by and those of us craving non-chain restaurants in the area, this place will be hot.

West Midtown?

December 27th, 2011
9:43 am

LOL, what’s west midtown? I swear, Midtown, Buckhead, Brookhaven, East Cobb all seem to grow every year! I had no idea that I lived in “west midtown” while a GT student.

Pretty soon, Hollowell Parkway will become West Midtown, or West Buckhead, or South Vinings…

Anyways, south indian food doesn’t hit the American palate like north indian food… sadly, I’m not expecting much “legs” to this restaurant.

LT

December 27th, 2011
9:45 am

Will miss Tierra. And am still amazed that a restaurant named Abattoir makes it!

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jack trent

December 27th, 2011
11:47 am

great SP just what Asha Gomez wants. Cheap GT Students.

hestic

December 27th, 2011
1:56 pm

I’m a BIG food nerd, live in West Midtown, and for me, the opening of Cardamom Hill is the most exciting news of the year. “I’m not expecting much “legs” to this restaurant.” Please.

Kev

December 27th, 2011
3:06 pm

“LOL, what’s west midtown? I swear, Midtown, Buckhead, Brookhaven, East Cobb all seem to grow every year! I had no idea that I lived in “west midtown” while a GT student.”

Before the interstate cut it in two that area was considered part of Midtown.

Edward

December 27th, 2011
3:14 pm

Lived here for nearly 30 years and never heard anything other than that little shopping plaza referred to as Berkeley Heights. Will be interested in trying Cardamom Hill, will be a good contrast to Little Azio.

jonnymack

December 27th, 2011
3:18 pm

OK AJC you got me on that one. I had to google the address to see this “Berkeley Heights”. So is Tiffany’s/Diamond Club/Mouse Trap or whatever that seedy strip joint off that exit also a part of this lofty suburb or does it end at the parking lot of the plaza?

Cindy

December 27th, 2011
6:24 pm

For you rude people who are slamming West Midtown–we are home to Bacchanalia, Abattoir, Miller Union, Bocado, and many other great restaurants, thank you very much. I am very excited about Cardamom Hill!

jack trent

December 28th, 2011
1:25 am

THERE IS NO BERKELY HEIGHTS DISTRICT. It is the name of the shopping center. Terrible reporting on AJC’s part.

robert

December 28th, 2011
9:39 am

Kev, there was no “midtown” before the interstate was built. I don’t remember hearing the term “midtown” till sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s. My othodontist in the 60’s was located in what is now called Midtown but back then it was just plain old Atlanta. Of course I’m an old dude and my memory could be going.

John Kessler

December 28th, 2011
9:53 am

Okay, folks, let’s collectively untie that big knot in our undergarments. The misidentification of the neighborhood was brought over from the press release. Sorry about that. It is the Berkeley Park neighborhood, and if you want to argue that, well, then take it up with the city of Atlanta.

http://www.atlantaga.gov/client_resources/government/planning/npu%20system/maps/npu_d.pdf

Edward

December 28th, 2011
9:59 am

Interesting. I asked a friend who lives in that neighborhood if he knew it was called “Berkeley Park” and he said that for the last 20 years he never knew it had that name until the city put those little banners on top of the street signs.

Jack's therapist

December 28th, 2011
10:24 am

Hey Jack Trent – How about turning the angry meter down about 500 notches, mmmkkkaay?

We get it, you’re angry. And you all want us to know your angry. It’s just food guy, so chillax.

jack trent

December 28th, 2011
10:38 am

thanks John for clearing that up.

Jim R

December 28th, 2011
10:44 am

JK…Thanks for the info…Who woulda thunk it was that close to Blandtown?

Grasshopper

December 28th, 2011
2:46 pm

More info on the elusive Berkely Park can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Park

Grasshopper

December 28th, 2011
2:49 pm

And also here:

http://www.berkeleypark.org/about.asp

Google is your friend people. Don’t fear the Goo.