REVIEW: Seven Gables Restaurant, Conyers, Rockdale County
I cannot tell you the number of times I have driven past Seven Gables Restaurant over the years. Why, oh why, did we wait so long to go there? It’s location is not trendy, the building is not extravagant, but the food is exquisite! It’s no wonder, when we discovered the celebrated background of owner and Chef Alain Bouzoubaa.
Chef Alain grew up in the south of France where culinary skills are infused in their blood. From cooking as a child with his mother and aunts, he continued his training in Brussels, Paris and Manchester, England. Upon coming to the United States in 1980, he was quickly recruited by such top Atlanta restaurants as The Abbey, Ritz Carlton, Capital City Club and the Westin Peachtree Plaza. In 1988, Chef Alain left the big city for Conyers to fulfill his dream – Seven Gables Restaurant. (Source: Clayton State University)
When we arrived at Seven Gables Restaurant, we were treated as honored guests. We were shown to our table and soon had drinks and were looking over the menu. There’s a wide variety of choices and they all seemed to scream FABULOUS at me. But when our server mentioned the Soup du Jour was Tomato Basil, I was hooked. Having enjoyed some awesome tomato basil the night before at Madison Chophouse Grille (read our review), I was eager to see how this compared. Served steaming hot, and while not as thick as the previous evening’s, the flavor was much more complex with it’s mix of herbs and the result was just delightful. When the bread came, another treat unfolded for us. Warm on the outside and hot in the center, the bread was more like pastry. I tore bits of bread and placed them in the soup and it was an awesome combination.
Laurie chose the Ravioli Crabmeat Riviera and I could not believe she ate every bit. The flavor of the crabmeat was prevalent and the portion was generous. For someone who normally doesn’t finish a meal, I was stunned as I saw her enjoy this so much.
Melanie ordered the Chicken Wellington, which is rolled chicken breast with ham in the center and pastry on the outside. We were a bit underwhelmed about the quantity of the vegetables, we found the taste was stunning. Melanie said she would have preferred more seasoning cooked into them, but I liked the natural flavor of them. I could not believe how tender the vegetables were and by the end of the meal, we realized we had more than enough food.
I chose the special which was Dover Sole Oscar this is a lightly breaded, flaky whitefish from the English Channel that is covered with crabmeat and Hollandaise sauce topped with asparagus. I was overwhelmed when I tasted this dish. It was truly incredible and it was at that point I realized that we had come upon a diamond in the rough. Seven Gables Restaurant blew us away!
When dessert was offered, we couldn’t resist the temptation to learn what else Seven Gables Restaurant had in store for us at. I mean if dinner was that good, what was dessert going to be like? We chose the Bourbon Pecan Pie and asked for the homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream to accompany it. OMG – we had died and gone to heaven. The ice cream stole the show for me!
For East Atlantans, quit driving by this place and stop in! If you live ITP, make the 30 minute drive and experience Chef Alain’s Seven Gables Restaurant. We think you’ll find it well worth the drive. Its on our list of MUST EAT at places in Atlanta. Guten appetit!