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By Elizabeth Harper | Photo: by Lalo Rodriguez | October 30, 2018
Bazati premieres to much fanfare.
Artisan flowers greet you at the entryway. Colorful Taschen coffee-table books beckon around the corner. Inviting smells waft from The Brasserie’s (@thebrasserieatl) kitchen. And, upstairs (yes, there’s also an upstairs), Estrella’s (@estrellaatlanta) bar menu and sweeping skyline views await. This is the fantastical world of Bazati (@bazatiatl), the newest addition to pop up on the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.
On a recent evening, I wander through the doors of the multifaceted concept for a look at its cadre of small well-curated shops—each with its own personality yet still cohesive. Before dining at The Brasserie, I discover The Fleur Shop (@thefleurshopatl) and owner Megan Carty’s organic creations. Then, there’s the wit and passion behind Monocle (@monoclemagazine)—its first permanent retail this side of the Atlantic—which radiates from the carefully edited pages. Craftsmanship is central in Taller Maya’s (@tallermaya) designs, Opari’s sundries and Blumarino’s (@blumarinoleather) handcrafted leather goods. Taschen (@taschen), as always, impresses with its array of vibrant tomes. And, soon, Cinis and Amphora—cigars and a wine shop, respectively—will open.
Next: dinner, which I unabashedly split into several indulgent “courses.” First is cocktails and appetizers upstairs at Estrella, where the Yucatán-centric cuisine from chefs Roberto Solis and Cam Floyd shines. I spring for the tableside gin cart (you only live once, right?), which comes with all the G&T fixings of your dreams. Mains are had downstairs at The Brasserie—French nuances evident throughout. Formerly of Bread & Butterfly, chef Remi Granger’s dishes such as succulent coq au vin and steak frites evoke the nostalgia of classic Parisian brasseries. For dessert, I tear myself from the creme brulee and ȋsle flottante in favor of a bold Bordeaux enjoyed on The Brasserie’s terrace, taking in the crisp evening air. A nightcap is best savored, after all.
The verdict is simple: Bazati is delightful, and my fingers are crossed more ingenious concepts such as this will find their home in Atlanta.