Chef Mimmo with his famous seafood paella. PHOTO BY PRENTICE BETHEA
Chef Mimmo has added another win to his record with Botica. Experience elevated Mexican cuisine with a Mediterranean flair at his latest restaurant in Buckhead.
“Never stop learning,” renowned culinary expert Mimmo Alboumeh (“chef Mimmo”) says. The notable restaurateur has influenced the industry with his dynamic fusions north of 20 years. From Red Pepper Taqueria to Maya Steaks & Seafood, chef Mimmo, known for his personable demeanor and chef-driven approach to creating appetizing plates, has been the force behind multiple successful restaurants. Atlantans salivate at the thought of his savory cuisine on account of his ability to incorporate unique flavor profiles into each dish he carefully crafts and presents. Inspired by his upbringing in Lebanon, Spain and Italy, chef Mimmo’s one-of-a-kind technique places him a cut above the rest.
His latest sensation, Botica (@boticaatl), is a testament to his advice. His concepts evolve and increase in satiety as his experience compounds, and Botica isn’t short on fun. Prepare to be engulfed in a festive atmosphere, from sports to live entertainment. Botica boasts of the best and freshest cocktails to celebrate or relax with friends. Foodies eagerly anticipate their visits to Botica to experience chef Mimmo’s latest edition of delectable Mexican cuisine.
Botica’s Spicy Sandía margarita. PHOTO BY PRENTICE BETHEA
You never miss when it comes to bringing delectable food to the city. Why was it important for you to create Botica? Why in Atlanta? I wanted to build the next generation of Mexican/Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine, with a really fun, local Cheers-like environment. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, having a drink with a friend or watching the big game with your work buddies, we think we created a place for all of that and more.
Atlantans love Mexican-inspired dishes. Where did your love for Mexican cuisine originate? The heritage of Mexican culture came from the Spanish culture, which you’ll find on our menu and taste in our dishes. My passion for fusion cooking is inspired by my upbringing in the Middle East, Spain and Italy. My passion for cooking and creating recipes [comes] from my great-grandmother and grandmother growing up in Lebanon. My family also lived in Spain and Italy, which influenced my love of hybrid cuisine.
What would you recommend for eager first-time diners? Grilled oysters with spinach and herbed butter, wagyu carpaccio with truffle aioli, capers and manchego for appetizers. Rack of lamb with pearl onions, crispy potatoes and PX Madeira sauce for your entree and the beloved Spicy Sandía watermelon margarita. Oh, and of course try your favorite tacos.
Despite being a successful restaurateur, you remain active in community and philanthropy. Why is philanthropy important to you? I feel very strongly about giving back for the many blessings I have received, so I am very involved in Atlanta’s charitable community. I consider my staff to be my family and I take very seriously the commitment I have made to them.
What is something readers would be surprised to learn about you? I love gardening, golf and any outdoor activity. My favorite plants are gardenia bushes and star jasmine vines. They remind me of my great-grandmother.
What is the most beneficial cooking tip you can share? Never stop learning and trying new spices and new cooking techniques. Don’t be afraid of failing.
What do you think has been the key to the successes of your businesses so far? Unconditional commitment and hard work. I surround myself with amazing people who become part of the work family culture. We are a unified team, and that has proven to be a recipe for success.