REVIEW: The Mercury, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, Fulton
One of Atlanta’s most anticipated new restaurants is The Mercury at Ponce City Market. From the same folks that brought you The Pinewood in Decatur, comes the “Mad Men” styled The Mercury. The Sixties retro style is clearly evident in both the décor right down to the server’s uniform, complete with a thin tie. While you’re there, check out the “cigarette” machine near the hostess stand (no, no, it just sells artwork) and they give away branded matches at the hostess stand. For readers too young to remember, almost all restaurants used to give away matchbooks which many people collected as souvenirs. The Mercury has this Sixties thing down TO A TEE! Kudos!
On this fine evening, we dined with Atlanta foodie Twitter celebrity @sashaeats. At our last meeting, we enjoyed a splendid meal at Wisteria and on this night we were excited to share this first-time experience with him.
@sashaeats and I both got started with the Seafood Chowder Soup while Melanie chose the French Onion Soup Gratin. The Seafood Chowder Soup had one large jumbo shrimp and was full of seafood in every bite. It was warm, rich, creamy and had such a wonderful flavor. Melanie’s French Onion Soup Gratin was simply fascinating. The soup was full of large chunks of onions and wasn’t overwhelmed with cheese. It’s depth and richness with the fullness of flavor was delightful.
Melanie ordered the Petite Filet Mignon with the Grilled Asparagus Bearnaise and Creamed Spinach Au Gratin. @sashaeats and I both choose the Grilled Swordfish that comes with Pommes Gallettes and Heirloom Baby Vegetables. I also wanted to try the Grilled Asparagus Bearnaise.
Melanie’s Petite Filet Mignon was done perfectly. The piece of meat was thick, yet cooked to her liking throughout without charring. It tasted wonderful, seasoned properly and the meat was very, very tender. This was an exquisite filet. Melanie’s also enjoyed the Grilled Asparagus Bearnaise although she thought some of the pieces were a tad overdone and found some parts of the asparagus too tough to enjoy. I’ll echo those same comments with my asparagus as well.
When @sashaeats and I were served our Grilled Swordfish we were both dismayed at the temperature of the fish. While the accompanying vegetables were warm, the fish was room temperature or less. We both decided to enjoy it the way it was served rather than send it back and ruin the flow of the meal. The flavor was very good but the Pommes Galletes was the show stealer on this plate. The Pommes Galletes reminded me a lot of the Potatoes au Gratin that we had at Stoney River. The potatoes were thinly sliced like on a mandolin and then layered nicely on top of one another. With cheeses added, it was indescribably good.
We wanted to try dessert but we were all stuffed to the gills. The Mercury doesn’t come cheap, but fine dining rarely does. Economy doesn’t present itself well at Ponce City Market. Let’s just say that hipster trendy has a premium. Were there some issues? Yes, but the place is has only been open two weeks. They’ll get it together pretty quick. Overall, The Mercury provides an incredible retro dining experience and warrants a MUST VISIT restaurants in Atlanta. Guten appetit!