Wining and dining its clientele with exotic flavors, sensual cocktails and an atmosphere best described as seductive, Tantra is perhaps the reigning king of all romantic date destinations in Atlanta.Wining and dining its clientele with exotic flavors, sensual cocktails and an atmosphere best described as seductive, Tantra is perhaps the reigning king of all romantic date destinations in Atlanta. (After all, that painting of the tantric goddess on the wall isn't exactly for the prudish.) Luxuriously furnished with red velvet booths, beaded curtains, glowing candles and ornate chandeliers, the ambience is indeed exquisite—but Chef Terry Dwyer has proved that Tantra is infinitely more than just a pretty face.
Though dishes like tandoori redfish, ghormeh sabzi and hummus all make cameos on the menu, let it be known that Tantra isn't an Indian restaurant, nor a Persian restaurant, or even a Mediterranean restaurant. It's something like a blend of all three, with dishes that integrate unexpected flavors in playful ways. It all goes back to the Silk Road, from which Tantra draws its inspiration. The ancient cross-continental corridor was a hub of trade from East to West, and was an epicenter of multi-cultural flavors—which, incidentally, is also how we'd describe the kitchen at Tantra. Their menu encompasses everything from Mediterranean sea bass (loup de mer) to smoked salmon tacos made with Indian pappadum, thanks to Chef Dwyer's creative interpretations of what the restaurant calls "contemporary continental cuisine." And, just like the restaurant's lavish interior and sultry environs, it's designed to indulge each and every guest's senses: the true essence of the tantric philosophy. (And a noble mission made even more attainable with a titillating tincture at your side—one or two of those lychee martinis will get you into the tantric spirit in no time.)
Hummus with Sauteed Lamb, $10
Oysters on the Half Shell, $2.50 each
Smoked Salmon Pappadum Tacos, $6
Basil Caramelized Sea Scallops, $21
Tamarind Braised Pork, $16
Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.