Lazy Betty, the forthcoming restaurant from siblings chef Ronald Hsu and Howard and Anita Hsu (Sweet Auburn BBQ) and chef Aaron Phillips, opens Tuesday, February 26 in the former Radial Cafe space on Dekalb Avenue in Candler Park.
The restaurant includes two tasting menus: a seven course menu available in the dining room for $125 and a ten course chef’s menu, only available at the eight-seat chef’s counter, for $165. A small menu of à la carte dishes can be ordered in restaurant’s lounge.
Each tasting menu will change regularly and with the seasons. Hsu’s Waffle House-inspired steak and eggs dish, using wagyu beef he sous vides and sprinkles with grated wasabi topped with a sous vide egg yolk inside a ravioli-shaped wasabi leaf, is one of the featured dishes on the chef’s tasting menu. The dish was made popular during the pop-up dinners he and Phillips threw last year as a testing ground for their menus.
Cauliflower “bone marrow” with onion marmalade and charred octopus with fermented black beans and peaches are highlights on the Lazy Betty tasting menu. Reservations for both tasting menus can be made via Resy.
Dishes in the lounge, which is available for walk-ins, include a salmon tartare with burnt citrus and fried rice with crispy rice cakes, spiced duck, and Chinese sausage.
Lazy Betty will lean heavily on boutique, organic, and biodynamic wines. Sake, cocktails, and beer will also be available at the bar, managed by beverage director James Brim.
Hsu is incorporating his Malaysian-Chinese roots, world travels, and decade-long New York City kitchen stints at Le Colonial and working for chefs like Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin, into the dishes at Lazy Betty. He and Phillips, who first met at Le Bernardin, will work in tandem in the kitchen. Phillips’ kitchen resume also includes Jean-Georges’ The Mark Restaurant and the Four Seasons Hotel.
Anita and Howard Hsu plan to help manage Lazy Betty along with Peter Hill, who serves as Lazy Betty’s general manager.
In October, the Hsus and Phillips announced they were changing the original location of the restaurant from Soul Vegetarian No. 2, next door to Sweet Auburn BBQ in Poncey-Highland, to Candler Park. The Dekalb Avenue space is nearly double the size of Soul Vegetarian No. 2. and includes a patio. Lazy Betty’s dining room seats 28 people, with an additional 18 seats in the lounge and at the chef’s counter. The restaurant’s patio seats up to 25 people.
Take a look at the menu:
1530 DeKalb Avenue, Atlanta. lazybettyatl.com.