I love Brooklyn. Although Larry and I moved from Brooklyn more than three years ago, it still feels like home. Luckily, we only moved to New Rochelle, so we are able to go back to Brooklyn often, whenever the mood strikes. Recently Larry had a business meeting in Dumbo, and I had a mini photo shoot at Atrium Dumbo.
Before heading to the restaurant, I took a short walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park, a place that I’ve seen change by leaps and bounds since we first moved to Brooklyn more than a decade ago (I think the year was 2004). The waterfront at that time was composed of one dilapidated pier after another. It has transformed into a spectacular waterfront full of beautiful sights, sounds, and reclaimed peirs where you can partake in anything from tennis to taekwondo.
After my walk, I headed to Atrium for lunch. I luckily grabbed a seat at a table in the bar where the sunlight streamed in and gave me a perfect spot for lighting and shooting the food that I was about to order. I was greeted by Britney and I told her my plan of making photos of the food that I was about to order. Her advice on colorful, beautiful dishes was helpful. I ordered and went about setting up my makeshift photo studio in the restaurant.
My honey passionfruit juice came out first with it’s beautiful yellow color. Beautiful and delicious.
Up next was the Cauliflower with Vadouvan yogurt, pickled raisin, and coriander. Three colors of cauliflower made this a gorgeous dish and the spices in the yogurt were divine.
My next course was salmon, and I must admit that I am not a big fan of Atlantic Salmon. I ordered it because I thought it would be the most photogenic of the entrees available on the lunch menu. It proved to be a gorgeous piece of fish nestled onto a bed of white beans, preserved lemons, chorizo, and topped with shaved fennel. The combination of all of those ingredients was truly delightful. I enjoyed every bite. And I’ve changed my mind about salmon. I will be attempting to recreate this dish at home.
And just about the time that I was taking my last bit of salmon, Larry texted me to find out where I was. He was finished with his meeting and was ready to head back home. I thanked Britney for her excellent help on my mini photo shoot, took a moment to introduce myself to Lea, the manager, and then packed up my gear and headed off to meet Larry to brave the traffic on the BQE (that’s the Brooklyn Queens Expressway for you non New Yorkers) on our trek back to Westchester County.
My lunch was a super experience and I will definitely be going back to eat at Atrium again.