Explore Chef Hugh Acheson’s Mount Royal Steakhouse and Spaceman Bar menus at the Hyatt Centric hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta
The last restaurant of Excellent chef Empire State South and Five and Ten judge and owner Hugh Acheson is now open at the Hyatt Centric hotel, on the edge of Lenox Square in Buckhead. This time, Acheson delves into his Canadian roots with a Montreal-style steakhouse Mont Royal, named after the mountain in the city of Montreal.
Baker Chris Wilkins, co-owner of Root Baking Co. and Pizza Jeans at Ponce City Market, joins Acheson at Mont-Royal and at the rooftop bar of the Spaceman hotel on the 15th floor.
Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the Mont-Royal offers 72 seats between the dining room and the bar. A patio can accommodate around 30 people and includes a fireplace surrounded by a glass mosaic mural.
For those wondering what makes Mont-Royal a Montreal-style steakhouse, consider French-Canadian dishes served with prime rib and the New York Strip, like a tourtiÃ¨re (meat pie with ground pork, veal or beef and potatoes), grilled Canadian lobster and sides of sour pickles and Robuchon potatoes (the signature mashed potato creation of French chef JoÃ«l Robuchon.) There is also a service Montreal bagel, a Lyonnaise salad and latkes topped with smoked salmon and crÃ¨me fraÃ®che served during breakfast.
Expect wines chosen by longtime Acheson counterpart Steven Grubbs, as well as a selection of local beers and cocktails, such as brandy and gin-based Old Montreal and the Big Easy. Thrift made with Canadian whiskey, oloroso sherry and smoked maple syrup.
âMount Royal is an ode to my homeland – Montreal and Ottawa – and to this part of the world,â Acheson says of the menu. âIt’s a steakhouse plentifully, but offering very high quality beef and nice interpretations of some of my favorite dishes, like a Portuguese chicken platter, split pea soup, and more.â
But Acheson does not stray too far from the producers of southern or southern foods on the Mont-Royal menu. The chef says about 75 percent of the vegetables come from local farms, and many other ingredients come from southern or local food suppliers, including sorghum and flour.
âI’m known for cooking southern food, but I’m more of a Canadian,â says Acheson. âMount Royal isn’t southern, more focused on some Canadian influence, and it’s very technical. “
Located on the 15th floor of the hotel, the much more casual indoor-outdoor Spaceman lounge will offer cocktails and draft beer accompanied by chicken wings, a hot dog topped with black truffle chow chow and of steamed snow crab legs when it opens in early January. The bar is currently open for private and special events only.
This is not Acheson’s first foray into hotel restaurants. In 2017, Acheson opened Achie’s at the Omni Hotel in Battery Atlanta near Truist Park, a southern restaurant named after his grandfather that also serves baseball stadium snacks. It closed less than a year later.
Then, in 2019, Acheson opened By George in downtown Atlanta, a decidedly French restaurant on the first floor of the former Central Bank and Trust building that now houses the Candler Hotel.
Take a look at the menus of Mont-Royal and Spaceman:
3301 Lenox Square Parkway, Atlanta. mtroyalatl.com.
Mont-Royal open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for lunch; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for coffee, drinks, snacks; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. Spaceman opens its doors to the public in early January.
Public transport information: Walking distance from Lenox MARTA station and accessible via MARTA bus 27.
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