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Food photos and Seven Lamps restaurant review, Buckhead

Picture 11I once wrote about food photography magic and the tale of two pizzas that were crafted very differently for me as an unknown diner and for our photographer. As we prepared to print this review for Seven Lamps, we ran into a similar situation. Behold the gorgeous cannelloni prepared for Becky Stein, our photographer, and my hazy, hastily snapped iPhone shot. Even though my photography could use a little magic, the dish has been tweaked, no longer bearing the apricot-hued purée that I describe in the review.

You can read about that purée in the Seven Lamps restaurant review.

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13 comments Add your comment

Paige

April 11th, 2013
3:45 pm

Reality? 1 of 5 Stars??? Your review doesn’t come across as a horrible experience. So what gives? Crap like this from you ” foodies”, can really do irreversible damage. Shame on you.

James

April 11th, 2013
4:40 pm

@Paige – 1 of 5 stars does not equate to a “horrible experience”. In that case, a restaurant would not earn any stars. Check the star key if you’re confused.

Baltisraul.......

April 11th, 2013
6:34 pm

Paige….check the scale key before getting your pantes in a wad, Geez!

paige

April 11th, 2013
9:31 pm

i guess i just prefer a restaurant review with a better rating than “1 out of 5″. wow, i must have big standards…

Jenny Turknett

April 12th, 2013
3:28 am

I’ve added the star ratings key above to help. 1 star = worthy addition but inconsistent

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Baltisraul.......

April 12th, 2013
7:21 am

Paige……I guess all the good resturants that Jenny has reviewed and given a (worthy addition) rating have experienced irreversable damage? If you don’t understand the system, don’t comment!

David D

April 12th, 2013
9:31 am

Jenny you are fired from reviewing restaurant. go review moves.

Edward

April 12th, 2013
9:34 am

The problem remains that the AJC star-rating is an ill-conceived idea. It is a noble experiment in an attempt to alter the perception of star-ratings, but the fact is everyone already has been taught from a multitude of other sources that 1 = bad, 5 = excellent, with 3 = average. For years and years, that has been the food review standard from countless sources, so that is what people now expect. If a viewer is simply glancing at the site to perhaps pick a good restaurant for the evening, logic would suggest they would avoid all those 1-star reviews because it is natural to think “bad”. One has to take time to look at the key, which is entirely different from any other food review site.

TL;DR: the star rating system used here is a hot mess and should be discarded in favor of the tried-and-true system used by every other food-review system in existence and what most everyone expects.

Baltisraul.......

April 12th, 2013
10:05 am

Edward….the system is what it is. It has not changed for years. It is just a matter of adapting to the keys. Does not seem to difficult to adjust to this. In the real world it is less than perfect, for sure. Paige whent from seeing 1 star to irreversable damage and that is just not the case for folks that enjoy this section. You may be mislead if you are a new to our city. One size does not fit all in most cases. It is just like when I was in the Army; 10% never get the memo, and that was acceptable.

James

April 12th, 2013
11:26 am

FYI – the current star system used here was adopted to be in line with what’s used in most every other major market for food reviews, where the standard has been that restaurants earn each star (and a one star is a good place to eat). In the NY Times rating scheme, for example, one star equates to “good”. There is no perceptual alteration of star ratings at work here.

I think people confuse the rating system with that used for movies and, more recently, online rating sites (yelp, etc.).

That said, I don’t know why folks give such a hoot about the stars. You learn far more about a place just reading the dang review. The stars, which are an imprecise surrogate for a restaurant’s quality, are just there because humans love keeping score. If you don’t like them, just ignore them.

Baltisraul.......

April 12th, 2013
1:13 pm

James…..well said!!!!

PJ

April 13th, 2013
6:09 pm

This star thing always comes up when a restaurant people like gets 1 star. It wouldn’t get 1 star if no one liked it (or if it was just terrible!) – it would get “Fair” or below. There have been those reviews in the past and I know it must have been hard to go back to those places 3 or more times for the reviewers. I don’t go back places that are that unimpressive to me unless someone strongly convinces me I must have been mistaken. If the food at Seven Lamps was as inconsistent as the photos show, I can’t imagine how it would more than 1 star. I enjoy reading the actual reviews, seeing what our critics have to say and reading the comments of others who have dined at the establishment being reviewed and have something to add, both positive and negative.

Based on this review, it seems like a place I would want to go if I were feeling up to something different, inventive and fun. I may be taking a bit of a risk, but sometimes I am in the mood for that.