Anyone that knows me knows how much I love food. Trying new restaurants in Atlanta is easily one of my favorite pastimes. There are very few places in metro Atlanta that I haven’t visited, so I’m always excited to try some place new. Well, I think I’ve found my new favorite restaurant… at least until a new one opens up. No judging.
*drum roll please* Cup of Consuella readers meet The Consulate! This restaurant actually isn’t that new, but it’s kind of a hidden gem in Atlanta. The Consulate is a restaurant in midtown that serves international small plates and craft cocktails in a super retro and stylish space (great for photo ops during the daytime). The most amazing and unique thing about The Consulate is their menu- it changes every quarter. Here’s the catch: it doesn’t change according to what produce in season, their menu actually changes to a different region of the world. One Friday night every three months, the Consulate has a “Spin the Globe” night. They choose a customer to spin the globe and whatever part of the world the customer lands on, they switch their menu to that cuisine for the next three months! Is that amazing or is that amazing? When I heard about this concept, I was floored. How talented does a chef have to be to pull off different dishes from all over the world without compromising the taste or the quality? That in itself deserves an award.
The menu is essentially a ton of small plates and side dishes that you can choose from. The first time I went, everyone ordered their own meals, and it was great. The next time I went, we all ordered a bunch of dishes and shared throughout the table- this made the dining experience even better. That said, I would recommend going with some close friends or co workers and trying all the dishes, family style. When I went last, the menu was on Zambia- yum! Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa surrounded by tons of diverse wildlife and rugged terrain. The Zambian food seemed to be a bit Caribbean inspired and a lot of the dishes were actually familiar to me. I’m from Miami, so I love Caribbean food. I took some customers from London and they seemed to love it even more than I did- it’s that good! I snapped a couple of pictures at dinner so I can tease you with the deliciousness! The lamb chops were the crowd favorite, with the oxtail coming in at a close second.
As you can see, we had a lot of food, and every single bite was delicious! Just in case you aren’t as adventurous an eater and I am, they have a small resident menu that doesn’t change and it’s a bit more “safe” than the rest of the menu. I’m kind of sad that the Zambian cuisine is going away, because it was just so damn good! Next up, SPAIN! I can’t wait to go back and check out the new menu. If you’re in Atlanta, please pay The Consulate a visit and let me know when you do. Until next time…
Xo, Consuella ♥