As a part of Buckhead Life Group's summer time promotions, I received a free thirty dollar gift card. The rules said that it must be used at the restaurant printed on the card during the month of July, Fridays and Saturdays are blacked out, and of course, doesn't include alcohol. The restaurant of the month for July was one of my favorites, Veni Vidi Vici.
For the main course, I attempted to order the Risotto Frutti Di Mare which was shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, fennel and saffron slowly cooked and served with risotto. This sounded good but my bartender/food guide suggested the Zuppa Di Mare instead. This dish consisted of mussels, clams, prawns, scallops, and the fish of the day in a slightly spicy tomato saffron broth.
I'm glad I listened. The mussel and clam meat almost fell out of their shells. They both tasted fantastic and had a wonderful non-chewy texture. Being how well the shellfish were cooked, I expected the fish to be overcooked and mushy. Wrong. Delicious and flaky. The prawns were standard, cooked properly, but didn't jump out as special.
But the scallop. Oh the scallop. Oh the giant scallop on the bottom of the pile of seafood goodness. Oh how you perfectly cooked and flaky. Oh how you were uber delicious. Oh how you melted on my tongue. Oh how you used just up to the first knuckle of your pinky.
Knowing very little about wine, I asked for a mid-priced glass of dry red wine to accompany the meal. The bartender thought for a minute and poured a glass of Santi Ripasso. Awesome. Fruity but not sweet, dry but not so you pucker. As he put it, "a totally approachable wine". This is the wine I would stock at the house, if I stocked wine at the house.
After paying the highly reduced check, they handed me another thirty dollar gift card. This one has to be used in August at Blue Pointe. I've never been so that will be my new dining adventure for next month. And if that card is used, I'll receive a final gift card for $30 to be used at any BLG restaurant.