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ATLANTA – “We always want to be approachable and local”, says Chef Krstian Bludau of Contemporary American restaurant ROOM at the Twelve Hotel and Residences.
Chef Bludau prides himself on using local products and offering handmade selections that cater to his clientele. Bludau says the philosophy of the restaurant is “to be approachable”.
“We strive to keep it fresh, from scratch and to keep our guests happy. We do the best that we can for a restaurant like this”, Bludau said.
Formally the chef at Stats, Two Urban Licks and MARKET, Bludau has been in the business for more than seventeen years. This year is his second year with the Concentric Restaurant Group; the group that owns restaurants like Room, Lobby and PARISH. Although he never went to culinary school, he has prepared various cuisines all over the county.
During his seventeen years in the business, Bludau was trained in Southern-Style cooking, classic French cooking, Southwestern, American Contemporary and Pacific Rim cooking. And although he lived in California, Bludau didn’t begin learning about the Pacific Rim style of cooking until he started working at ROOM. The restaurant serves American Contemporary and Pacific Rim fare; most the lunch items are Pacific Rim based, which is identified with East Asian fare, and most of the dinner items would be considered American Contemporary fare.
Bludau says the lunch at ROOM is geared toward business people and those who are “on the move”; their specialty is serving “good food with good service, quickly”. Most items on the lunch menu at Room at under $20 and along with their desserts, their fries and many of their menu items the majority of them are, homespun, in the restaurant.
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Chef Bludau suggests a couple of affordable lunch selections:
The sushi special is a great selection for a lunch on the run. The sushi special includes: a roll, soup and salad. Guests have the choice of a spicy tuna or California roll, the house soup or soup of the day and a garden salad tossed in balsamic dressing. The house soup is a lobster broth miso soup with cream and mushrooms, ginger and cabbage. And the seasonal soup of the day selection changes, daily. The sushi lunch will set you back about $12.
He thinks, also, thinks the soup, ½ sandwich and salad combination would be a good idea. Guests can choose between the Grilled Chicken, California Turkey Club, Buffalo Chicken or Vegetarian Sandwich and a house salad and choice of a soup, house or miso. Each sandwich is crafted with fresh bread from Holeman and Fitch. This lunch combination costs about $12.
And, he, also, suggests the lamb burger which is served with hand cut Idaho Kingston potato fries. The lamb burger is crafted with American lamb meat, feta cheese, herbs and a homemade grape jelly served on a Holeman & Finch sesame bun. The lamb burger costs $12.
Bludau also recommends a choice between two original desserts:
Try the Homemade Blackberry Cobbler for dessert. The cobbler is homemade; daily. The filling is created with fresh blackberries and is layered in a cobbler dish with a cookie-like topping, to give it a crunch. The cobbler is light enough to be eaten as a mid-day snack and savory enough to be eaten alone; it’s served al a mode. The cobber costs $6.00
ROOM, also, offers their take on Apple Pie with their “Apple Purse”, a dessert created with Granny Smith apples, caramel and phyllo dough. The apples are situated on phyllo dough and then shaped into a purse shape. The apple purses are served on a platter over homemade caramel, with a side of local Highroad Cinnamon Ice Cream. The apple purses are, also, $6.00