Behind a paywall, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jenny Turknett awards Roswell's Plum Cafe one star. Turknett says the restaurant works better at lunch, but dinner is a step down:
Plum Cafe's concept works best at lunch when its healthy focus and laid back service are most appreciated by the ladies-who-lunch set. Vegan and gluten-free soups fly out of the kitchen, as do salad plates containing fluffy mounds of chicken, tuna and quinoa-beet salads. At lunch, meals are satisfying while light and low-guilt.
Yet as dinner dawns, the restaurant attracts a different crowd, drawing from the Canton Street foot traffic seeking a beautiful patio. Here, Plum Cafe attempts a Cinderella-esque transformation to a full-service restaurant, with a serviceable beer and wine list and heartier entrees. Unfortunately, it lacks the Disney magic necessary to successfully pull it off.
When it comes to redefining our understanding of a nation's cuisine, Gomez hasn't let Cardamom Hill's closing slow her down. Rather, Spice to Table gives her a place where most of us can actually experience it for ourselves. The soul that brought Cardamom Hill to life is clearly still kicking at Spice to Table - but by taking the form of $8 flatbreads instead of $30 curries, the experience is a bit easier to swallow this time around.
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