Sweet Treat: Green Tea Soufflé at Umi
Every week we take upon ourselves the weighty task of finding desserts and sweets in Atlanta worth seeking out. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it, right? Know of a delicious delight we should try? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter.
The Spot: Umi
The Treat: One of pastry chef Lisa Ito's early culinary experiences was apprenticing under master pastry chef Francois Payard at New York's Le Bernardin. Accordingly, classic French techniques show up in many of her desserts. Check out this green tea soufflé - an Asian-flavored treat that is served piping hot and with a green-tea-infused crème anglaise. Like much on the menu of Fuyuhiko Ito (the restaurant's chef and Lisa's husband), it's simple, clean, satisfying, indulgent and expertly executed. Like much of Umi's sushi, it's mindful of culinary Japanese traditions without being beholden to them. It's also more than enough to share among two or three people. A side note: ask your server about the green tea soufflé early if you're thinking of ordering it, as it takes a while to prepare and is available only in limited quantities each night.
The Accompaniment: The Buckhead restaurant prides itself on offering Lamill coffee, artisan-roasted in California and hand-poured tableside into a Hario pourover drip pot.
3050 Peachtree Rd. NE; 404-841-0040