Midtown’s European Café (Atlanta, Georgia)

New Year’s Eve is a night where droves of Atlantans party eagerly, but for me, eating at a local café and celebrating my true love for food was above all ideal.  In cultural disarray, my foodie time spent in Spain frolicked with my affection for cuisine in Paris.  I clearly wanted to bring in the New Year European style and in the tradition of Spain eating small bites of food, better known as tapas, but in a Parisian café. Après Diem in Midtown, locally met these desires, as I dined on multiple plates, inclusive of Lobster Crostini and Grilled Marinated Salmon.

Amongst the tapas I ordered, the subtle crunch of the Lobster Crostini as the bread gently grazed my tongue was most elating.  The fresh spinach was married impeccably with pan seared lobster, tomatoes, shallots, and shitake mushrooms.  The crisp splash of vodka butter sauce transformed the spinach into a delicate consistency which melted in my mouth. Anyone whose lips graced this crostini would straightaway fancy this spinach, and turn those opposed to spinach into a devotee. While an avid cook at home, I do not often cook spinach but this dish inspired me to make a change.

After being enamored by Lobster Crostini, I picked up my knife and delved into the Grilled Marinated Salmon. The first bite happily tickled my tongue due to the light, but profound marinated flavors. While many restaurants in Atlanta serve salmon, the flavors of this dish divinely complimented the Lobster Crostini. The salmon portion was quite filling, which I discovered after devouring many forkfuls, in between bursts of crostini bites. The combination of these dishes clearly met my desire for quality, café cuisine.

Bringing in the New Year at Après Diem was a pinnacle moment where I had the pleasure of retreating to my European travels with local cafe food, all at the mere suggestion of my dining companion. With the friendly staff, European ambiance, and distinct menu, visiting this café again would be a delight.


Après Diem
931 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30308