On my recent staycation at the Loews Hotel in Midtown, I had a chance to have dinner at Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar . It was my friend Marcus birthday so I asked him to tag along with me. I visited Saltwood a little over a year ago when the restaurant first opened. With a focus on salted and cured meats done in-house, it’s a great place to meet up with friends or have a date night.
Located in the far corner of the lobby, Saltwood has a rustic feel from the reclaimed wood tables and the mismatched seating. Depending on where you are sitting in the restaurant you will forget that you are in a hotel. I love the open “charcuterie kitchen” where you can pull up a bar stool and casually have a cocktail while you sit and watch the Chefs prepare and assemble the charcuterie boards.
Saltwood sources ingredients from local farmers and companies like Banner Butter.
By now you know how obsessed I am with meat and cheese boards, so I decided to let Chef take the wheel and prepare a board for me with some of his favorites. It included a variety of bacon, prosciutto, paté and an assortment of cheeses drizzled with sweet honey. You can’t forget the crusty bread, house-made mustard, pickled red onions and carrots. It was all presented beautifully on a large wood block that complimented the rustic feel of the restaurant.
As an additional appetizer, the tender lamb skewers were lightly seasoned giving you a chance to enjoy the flavor of the lamb and its accompaniments. It sat on top of a cucumber yogurt dill sauce and a pickled vegetable medley of cauliflower and carrots.
Spiced Pork Tenderloin
I didn’t want anything to heavy because I wanted to make sure I saved room for dessert. The Southern Paella was made with Caolina gold rice, pan seared grouper, mussels, scallops, smoked andouille sausage and shrimp. Of course this isn’t your traditional paella but a fabulous dish nonetheless. It had a salty and smokey flavor from the sausage that I really enjoyed and the seafood had a fresh taste.
Marcus went with the spiced pork tenderloin with a potato purée, roasted mushrooms, dates and topped with a cilantro chimichurri. I asked Chef what spices he used and he said it was really a little bit of everything. He did tell me all of the spices but there were too many to remember lol. There was definitely some cumin and coriander which I could taste. The spiciness isn’t hot but spiced in the sense that it was very aromatic and dark in flavor. Although a tasty dish, I would have liked for the portion size to have been larger.
Chocolate Pot De Cremé
The upside down strawberry rhubarb served warm with vanilla bean ice cream, rhubarb chips and garnished with fresh strawberry was Marcus favorite. He told me that he absolutely had to come back for it. I can’t disagree with him, it really is a great way to end the meal. If you love strawberry this is the dessert for you.
On the other hand if you want to go a bit lighter to end the meal and you have an obsession with chocolate like I do, I recommend the Chocolate Pot De Cremé. It was made with milk chocolate, café au lait foam and topped with caramelized cocoa nibs, caramel popcorn and churros. I love a good unique and eclectic dish and this is it. The cremé had a mild chocolate flavor that went well with the crunch from the pure cocoa nibs and the sweetness of the popcorn.
I had a chance to stay in a beautiful suite at the Loews for my staycation. Get more details about my suite here.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Saltwood is a great restaurant for any occasion. When you stop in, make sure you tell them Milla sent you 🙂
1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Until next time…Happy Eating!! xoxo -Milla
*My meal at Saltwood was complimentary however all opinions are my own.