quite an experience April 4, 2011

Tucked away on the edge of Atlanta’s expansive Piedmont Park is one of the city’s best kept sushi secrets. Not as well known as Taka or Tomo, Park Tavern is quietly serving some of freshest, tastiest fish I’ve had in some time – all of it flown in daily from Hawaii. Add to that some wickedly good Wagyu beef (I was told) and a sizzling Himalayan salt block and you’ve got a seriously fun & interactive dining event – the Himalayan Salt Block Experience.

Available on the menu daily, this do-it-yourself feast starts out with heaping plates of freshly steamed edamame. Next comes a really unusual take on the typical green salad you get at sushi spots – this one flecked with sesame seeds and crunchy bits. Save some room through all of this – you’re going to need it. What arrives at your table is little short of jaw-dropping. A chunk of Himalayan salt (imagine a marble-esque cutting board) heated to 700 degrees lands in the middle of your table and is quickly surrounded by plates full of generous chunks of Hawaiian walu, beautifully marbled salmon and sushi grade tuna. Accompanied by dishes of cilantro, avocado, fried garlic and more – along with delicately crispy nori sheets – you now have everything you need to craft your own sushi hand rolls. Just place the fish or Wagyu on the salt block, sear to your liking, and start experimenting with flavor combinations with all of the extras that arrived.

As I mentioned, the Himalayan Salt Block Experience is available on the regular menu – no need for much in the way of advance warning or serious planning. The $29 a person price tag may sound steep but trust me…the amount and quality of the ingredients you receive makes this experience a great deal. Park Tavern is located at 500 10th Street right near Piedmont Park. You can contact them at 404-249-0001 or visit their website (check out the other items on their sushi menu when you have a chance) at www.parktavern.com


Therese Apr 4, 2011 08:04 am

My husband and I enjoyed the Salt Block Experience a few weeks ago for the first time and we were WOWED!!!! The fish and beef cooking in front of us sent waves of flavor into the air and we were immediately the envy of the restaurantant patrons! The food was fresh, excitedly delicious and we were full by the end of the meal. What fun it is to cook and put together your own meal!!! We sat on the patio which was divine-enjoying the sunset together – such romance is not found too often!!!!!!!

Maris (In Good Taste) Apr 4, 2011 07:04 pm

Looks like a fabulous place. You are lucky to have it near you.

Lucy Apr 5, 2011 12:04 pm

We went to Park Tavern for the first time on Sunday but the wait was too long, so instead went over to South City Kitchen. But after reading this, we will definitely have to try again!

Amelia from Z Tasty Life Apr 5, 2011 02:04 pm

Tami: thank you for sharing this “secret” place…I can’t wait to try it!

Maliha Apr 7, 2011 11:04 am

The Salt Block Experience was a perfect way to spend this Valentine’s Day! The food is absolutely amazing and we loved the novelty of the salt block and the flavor it imparts. We loved it so much that I’m getting my husband his very own salt block for his upcoming bday – shh! don’t tell :)

Allison Apr 11, 2011 04:04 pm

Oh wow this sounds amazing! I’ve never heard of such a thing! Wish I lived in Georgia so I could go!

Jaden Apr 15, 2011 11:04 am

oooh can’t wait to dine here.

Nicole Franzen Apr 19, 2011 04:04 pm

looks fantastic!

Brian @ A Thought For Food Apr 19, 2011 04:04 pm

I’ve been very interested in trying a place that serves the food on a salt block. I’ve heard wonderful things. Great feature!