Maybe it’s because of my epic trip last year, but lately I am crushing hard on Vietnamese food. Usually in order to get the good stuff, you have to venture into an international part of town like Norcross or Buford Highway. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I do it all the time. But I was most impressed to find an upscale Vietnamese restaurant complete with complimentary valet right in West Midtown. Go, Atlanta!
The décor at Le Fat is very classy and vintage. The service is attentive. The drink choices are plentiful. And the food is wow. I was ultra impressed when I asked about a certain wine and our server said I could taste it first. This place is legit! I don’t remember seeing any Asian wines or beers on the list, though, which would have been a nice touch. (Thankfully they do have my fave, Vietnamese coffee.)
For appetizers we went with fried spring rolls (which I order everywhere we go), and fried calamari (which my husband orders everywhere we go). The spring rolls were perfectly yummy, but the calamari was mind blowing. Why? Because of fried shallots. Lots of them!
Typically I’d try to control our entrée ordering, but maybe because of the wine, or maybe because it was our anniversary, I just went with both of my husband’s suggestions instead – and it paid off big time! He wanted to try the crab noodles and sautéed greens – two things I would never normally order, but they were delicious. I was especially in love with the greens – baby bok choy with lots of garlic. So much flavor!
The crab noodles were good too. I always love noodles but I’m not a huge seafood gal. While I enjoyed the dish, I did find it to be quite crabby. My husband, however, is obsessed with seafood and wished there was more crab in this dish, so it was likely just right for the normal diner.
Nonetheless, the combination of the hip yet classy ambiance, friendly (and fast!) service, great wine and beer list, and amazing eats made this spot a huge winner for me. And bonus – the chef Guy Wong was hanging out in the front of the house just overseeing things so I got to say a quick ‘hello’ and get a pic with him – awesome!!!
I would recommend Le Fat both for a special occasion or just a fun night out. Just be sure to bring some cash to tip the valet.Tags: Atlanta, Guy Wong, Le Fat, Midtown Atlanta, restaurant, Vietnamese