Kyma - 50 Best Restaurants - Features - Atlanta Magazine


Octopus is a hot ingredient nationally, but Atlanta has been in tentacle utopia for years thanks to Kyma. The restaurant grills it to crisp smokiness and serves it over a simple pickled red onion salad with a splash of red wine vinaigrette. Opa, y’all. Buckhead Life Restaurant Group owner Pano Karatassos opened Kyma in 2001 as a paean to his Greek heritage, and it continues to outshine all his other Buckhead ventures. This place is my immediate answer when a reader asks for a seafood recommendation. A whole fish like royal dorade (a swimmer in the bass family) is a worthy investment, but for today’s ADHD eating habits you could make a meal of the small “mezze” plates. Hawaiian herb-crusted white tuna with quinoa salad and preserved lemon wowed at a late spring meal, as did pancakelike zucchini fritters slathered with feta and spiced yogurt.

3085 Piedmont Road, 404-262-0702,

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  1. ShannonT_4376 posted on 09/19/2012 10:51 PM
    The first time I ate here a couple months ago the food was great. The Octopus stood out. Had a great texture and flavor. I eat at the bar a lot as I travel for business and usually dine alone. The service was not great at the bar. I remember the bartender seemed unhappy about something. I just got through having dinner there a second time and I was surprised by the quality of the Octopus the second time around. Not as flavorful seemed like it wasn't cooked enough. I got the same bartender and the service was even worse. She didn't seem happy....I had to get her attention to order a drink even though there were only 3 people at the bar. Everything I ordered stayed at my place setting, my app, salad, dinner. I had to ask her for the check 30 minutes after I finished eating. Horrible service. Food just ok. For the price this place charges I can eat at 3 much better restaurants.
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