360 Pharr Road (Buckhead)
Atlanta, GA 30305
I met my dinner date at the newly-opened restaurant, Saskatoon, on a week night and was pleasantly surprised as soon as I walked in the door. The interior was warm and inviting with soothing jazz music playing in the background and several fireplaces blazing brightly. It was an excellent escape from the harsh wintry weather. The friendly hostess seated us and we immediately started to scan the eclectic menu. Our server soon came over and gave us all the information on the restaurant and its background. It was then that we realized we were in for something totally different at Saskatoon. The mountain lodge-like eatery offered everything from a basic filet mignon to ostrich. We didn’t know where to start!
We both ordered a Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($5) and began trying to decipher what we were going to have for an appetizer. Since we wanted to get the full Saskatoon experience, we went with the wild game sausage sampler ($10). I also chose the BLT wedge salad ($8). Both came out of the kitchen in a timely fashion and we dug right in. The sampler included venison, duck and rabbit sausages served with roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, corn relish and Saskatoon’s signature barbeque sauce. The sausage selections were very tasty and the combination of the different components worked nicely together. The salad was simple, and served as a cool complement to the sausage sampler.
Next, it was on to our main course. After much deliberation, my dinner guest decided to go with Saskatoon’s mixed grill entrée, a selection of three wild game cuts with a wild mushroom cream ($25). Our server informed us that night’s mixed grill serving included kangaroo, duck and lamb. I decided, after a thorough description by our waiter, to go with the buffalo flank steak ($23). My dinner date enjoyed his dish and offered me a sample of each type of meat. From first glance, I was sure that the lamb would be my favorite, but I was blown away by the tenderness of the duck. My buffalo steak was full of flavor. The meat was definitely different from an ordinary steak (a little tougher), but I liked how well it went with the sweetness of the barbeque sauce.
Lastly, we had to give Saskatoon’s dessert menu a try. We decided to go with the crème brûlée Napoleon ($6.95). We also had a cup of piping hot coffee ($2.50). The sweet dessert with a caramel drizzle was just enough for us to share and enjoy. Overall, our meal Saskatoon was a great experience. We tried new things and learned a lot about wild game meats.
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