For an elegant five-star experience, book a table at Nikolai's Roof, one of Atlanta's most impressive restaurants. Opened in 1976, Nikolai's is on the 30th floor of downtown Atlanta's newly renovated Hilton hotel (225 Courtland St. NE). Valet your car and take the glass-enclosed express elevator to the top while enjoying the magnificent panoramic view.
You can expect royal treatment with service and food befitting a czar. Start with the piroshkies. They are indescribably delicious; choose from meat, seafood or pheasant. Choose from a memorable a la carte menu or opt for the chef's menu, a tantalizing array of delectable treats. Choose your own entrée. The chef has selected the rest.
The wine list is remarkable, but I suggest starting with the scrumptious, ice-cold flavored vodkas. Try the lime as an appetizer and the caramel vodka with dessert.
From rack of lamb, a fabulous filet or a tantalizing cut of marinated boar tenderloin, to pan-seared halibut or the vegetarian ravioli of the day, the entrees are simply divine. The cheese tasting is excellent, but it's the souffle that just can't be missed. The menu changes often, and once a month Nikolai's offers an all inclusive "Wine and Dine." (It's limited seating, so call in advance to book your spot.)
Nikolai's Roof is the recipient of the coveted AAA's Diamond Award and the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine. For an unsurpassed evening of inspired French and Russian cuisine, you will be thrilled. Details: 404-221-6362; www.nikolaisroof.com
Thursday: Sea sounds
What: "Ocean Voices" premiere.
Where: Debuts Thursday, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.
What would a world without oceans be like? Beyond the environmental impact, we'd be pretty sad about no more shrimp scampi or pearl necklaces. More answers to that question and other ocean-related queries are being recorded at in-person interviews, via cell phones and through an interactive website, which will then be woven into a musical performance called "Ocean Voices."
This collaboration between sound artist Halsey Burgund and California Academy of Sciences marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, "Ocean Voices," will premiere on the 100th anniversary of Jacques Cousteau's birth date.
Check out the other questions and record your own voice on the website to be part of the fun.