Atlanta Dining

Steel Me Away

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Bento box at Steel in Atlanta. I haven't eaten off partitioned plates since elementary school.

After a cocktail party last night, where there was NO FOOD, my sensitive husband sensed the inevitable grumpiness on the part of his wife, who does not like to miss meals, and offered to take me to lunch today. (Yes, I ate in between but the state of food deprivation lingers in my memory.)

His choice was Steel, where he had had a wonderful lunch recently and came away raving about the bento boxes. We walked through the rain curtain near the entrance and into this beautiful little gem of a restaurant.

The Indochine cuisine includes soups and salads, rice bowls, noodle bowls and reguar entrees. But we were here for the bento box. There are eight choices, all for $15 and include crab cakes, sushi combo, tempura scallops and soft shell crabs. But the one he’s been raving about is the Chilean sea bass so we both ordered the same one.

Interior of Steel

With the entrée selection you have the choice of jasmine, brown or fried rice and either Vietnamese fried egg roll or crab meat mango spring roll. A salad and four California rolls are also included.

The large rectangular box comes to the table, each with a perfect portion inside jj

The salad had a deliciously cream Thai basil and miso vinaigrette and was perfectly dressed. The spring rolls and California rolls were very good, but the star of the lunch is the sea bass. It is perfectly cooked with a delicious glaze and texture.

I confess I hadn’t even heard of Steel before – pretty lame for someone who covers the restaurant scene in Atlanta. But part of the fun is finding a fantastic new place – even if you’re a few years late to the party.

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