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