The bustle gets a little louder as you walk closer to the entrance of the restaurant at the corner of Peachtree and Peachtree-Dunwoody Roads. A welcoming hostess not only seats your party but also validates your parking and offers a coat check – extra points for that additional attention to hospitality. The bartenders wave and smile as you are shown to your table. Nothing beats premium seating, watching Executive Chef Philippe Haddad work magic in the F&B kitchen, stirring up bowls of splendid bouillabaisse and adding final touches to the next set of plates departing his domain, destined for your dinner table.
Venture in during the evenings if you want the full effect. Manager Fabrice Vergez will find you as he makes rounds, checking on guests, ensuring nobody leaves without a smiling face and satisfied tummy. Say hello to Philippe, too. He’s approachable, happy to strike up a conversation and turn you into a regular of his bistro that sits minutes from Phipps and Lenox malls (great, if you care for that action, but just far enough away from the malls to tout an ambience of a rustic neighborhood eatery). Food styles served here include American traditional, French with a twist, seafood, tapas and vegetarian.
Whether you crave daily delicioso or prized catches, Philippe has something cooking in to hit the right points on your palate. Armed with 38 years of global, culinary and hospitality experience, and bringing all those influences together in his preparation and presentation, Philippe will have you cherishing the last drops of your onion soup. If you order the lobster tagliatelle, allow the fennel and roasted tomatoes to weave their spell. The oxtail risotto is another classic and there are raw food combos galore if relaxing with a cocktail and snack and absorbing the European-style atmosphere is more your game. The patio offers another venue if the indoors cramp your style.
The sautéed foie gras arrives wrapped in a brioche with mushrooms and sauce, and F&B serves escargots in the shell – probably one of the few places in Atlanta you can find them. Seafood is the specialty, but you may take your pick from not just beef and lamb plates but also rabbit braised Belgian style with dark ale or duck leg with fava beans and burgundy sauce. And don’t you dare leave without a sweet note to complete the meal. Philippe’s crepe suzette is fantastic as is the staple crème brulee with a madeleine, but of course, to sign off with a French touch. The orange almond tuile with berries, mint and sorbet is an equally suited contender for the die-hard dessert addict. BuckHaven Lifestyle salutes the chef. Haddad commits himself to multiple local volunteer opportunities, including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s national fundraiser, “Man and Woman of the Year.” He is campaigning in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors as well as in honor of his father, who continues his battle against leukemia, along with 15 other candidates helping to raise a goal of $750,000 by June 2015. Haddad has also participated in Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and Give Me Five events, and is continually involved in the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels and Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), which F&B held a proceeds dinner for in January 2015. Haddad enjoys being involved in theil postino ost community as much as possible, with a desire to give back to those who have given him so much. He has truly committed himself to LLS in honor of his father’s battle. Cheers!
Monday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
3630 Peachtree Rd