Bluepointe ~ upscale casual ****
3455 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(Lunch) Mon – Fri 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(Dinner) Mon – Thur 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fri – Sat 5:30 p.m. to Midnight
Sun 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bluepointe is definitely “on point” when it comes to coupling rich Asian influences with sophisticated Southern styles. This Buckhead restaurant makes you feel chic, classy and cultured all at the same time. The atmosphere is filled with “good chi;” You are served with a smile and, when your food finally arrives, you begin to wonder why you didn’t come sooner.
If you enjoy seafood and Asian spices, this is the place for you. Since it’s opening in 1999, chef Ian Winslade has filled the menu with appetizers and entrees of fresh crabmeat, salmon and scallops. There’s even duck and quail for those who are more adventurous. And don’t forget to leave room for one of their delectable desserts.
FOOD QUALITY: ****
You can tell that the chef makes a point to select choice cuts of fish and meat because they don’t try to disguise the food under a heavy helping of thick sauces. The seafood is fresh, and the meat is tender. The vegetables are crisp and colorful.
FOOD PRESENTATION: *****
Impeccable! All of the food is creatively displayed in a manner that leads you to believe the chef took extra time to prepare your dish.
The restaurant is very open and airy with good energy flowing throughout the space. As you enter the restaurant and walk down a flight of stairs, you come into the lively bar/specialty lounge area. From there, you walk up a couple of stairs to enter the main dining room. This space is filled with bright red, white and neutral colors. Some tables are set against a semi-circle wall, while other tables are placed closer to the window. There is also a private dining area, which is located upstairs.
Everything, from the wait staff to the silverware and the floor, is sparkling clean. The restrooms are also very clean and sanitary.
Bluepointe staff is very attentive and accommodating.
For seafood lovers, the garlic crab spring roll appetizer is a must. Long and thin, they are filled with the perfect amount of crabmeat. For entrees, the sea scallops with sushi rice and the coriander-crusted salmon steak in a choya plum lobster sauce with vegetable wontons are worth a try. As for desserts, the apple carpaccio, a delectable treat of Granny Smith apples with vanilla ice cream, and the chocolate soufflé cake, a mini bundt cake with a warm chocolate surprise hidden in the middle and served with chocolate ice cream, are both excellent.
OVERALL RATING: ****
Bluepointe is definitely worth a try, even if just once. It’s the type of place where you can get an excellent meal that leaves you satisfied but not stuffed, in a setting that makes you feel as though you’re part of the “in crowd.” And at $40 to $50 per person, it’s a pretty good deal.