The Pelican Club, New Orleans, LA Report #142

 

If I had to rank my favorite restaurants in New Orleans this place would easily be in the top 5.  Everything here is excellent.

Right now they are still running their Coolinary Menu, which is a three course meal, appetizer, entrée and dessert, with various options, for $39.  They also have a four course prix fixe menu, with prices varying according to the entrée you chose.  I started to do that because I wanted three of the Coolinary options plus a cup of gumbo.  The four course meal would have been $52, but a cup of gumbo a la carte was $8.  So since $39+$8=$47, I went with that option and saved $5.  Yes, I’m great at math!  If you come here and find yourself in the same predicament, I did the math for you.  No need to thank me.

The bread they start you out with is really delicious.  One of my dining partners asked the waitress if it was a Ciabatta bread, and she said it wasn’t.  She said the guy that makes it has been making it for 26 years, and he uses a sour dough starter.  They serve it with olive oil, which was good, but I asked for butter. Everything’s better with butter!

Next was the smoked duck, andouille and shrimp gumbo.  I’m pretty confident in saying this is the best gumbo I’ve ever had in a restaurant.  It taste like homemade.  If you come here you’ve got to try it.

Other appetizers included the Local Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Seafood Martini Ravigote (really yummy dill sauce) and the Pelican Club Baked Oysters.  All great!

Entrées included the 9oz. Rack Of Lamb, Pecan Crusted Louisiana Catfish With Fried Popcorn Shrimp, 1lb Whole Maine Lobster With Sea Scallops & Jumbo Shrimp and the Jumbo Lump Crab Spaghetti Fino, which included lobster meat tonight.

All the entrées were terrific, but the lamb deserves an extra bit of praise.  It was seriously tender, and the Port-Mint Demi-Glace was the best sauce I’ve ever tasted with lamb.  Unbelievably delicious.

Desserts were the Bourbon Pecan Pie, Vanilla Bean and Brandy Crème Brulee and the Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Again, all were good, but the bread pudding deserves an extra bit of praise.  To me, it was every thing bread pudding should be!  Light, not too sweet, a delicious white and dark chocolate sauce, and NO RAISINS!  Or any other kind of fruit!

The only complaint I could have tonight was the service was very slow, and the place wasn’t crowded at all.  We were in there for just over two hours for a three course meal.  The food was worth the wait though.

I highly recommend this place.

312 Exchange Pl., New Orleans, LA  70130  Ph: 504-523-1504

Blaine 9-25-2018

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

August is a slow time for restaurants.  To combat this many restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu at a special price called a COOLinary menu.  This is the Pelican Club’s three course one:

Here is the food we had!

They start you out with a house made, hot, fresh from the oven, Focaccia bread with olive oil.  Don’t be shy and try to be all healthy and mess.  ASK FOR BUTTER right away!  If you don’t, you’ll wish you had.  This bread is awesome.  Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.  Even when my first course came I couldn’t stop eating it!

Here is a list of the rest of the food we had and my in-depth, professional analysis on each dish:

  1. Creamy Corn & Crab Bisque with Cognac – DELICIOUS
  2.  Seafood Martini Ravigote – DELICIOUS
  3.  Local Fried Catfish, Shrimp and Oysters – DELICIOUS
  4.  Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Spaghetti Fino – DELICIOUS
  5.  Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie – DELICIOUS
  6. Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding – DELICIOUS

     Need I say more?  Everything was nice and hot and the service was great.  You have until September 15th, 2019 to come in for this menu.  I highly recommend it!

312 Exchange Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130 Ph: 504-523-1504

Blaine 8-30-2019

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

 

Back again for the COOLinary menu!  The menus smaller this year, I guess because of the COVID pandemic.  But still a lot of choices.

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We decided on the Tuna Poke, Paneed Gulf Fish with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Surf and Turf, White Chocolate Bread Pudding and the Bourbon Pecan Pie.

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AND THE FOOD!

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They start you off with their fantastic house made bread.  It was so hot it was literally steaming when we cut into it.

My dining partner had a cup of gumbo, which I didn’t bother to take a picture of.  Delicious as always, and loaded with shrimp.

My Tuna Poke was great!  Perfect size squares of fresh tuna with some kind of a soy sauce based sauce, avocado crema and little chucks of mango.  Very refreshing.

My dining partner said her fish dish was very good.  The fish tonight was Black Drum.

My Surf and Turf was fantastic.  Unbelievably tender steak covered with a shrimp and crab cake and béarnaise sauce.  Definitely worth the slight upcharge.

Both of our deserts were utterly delicious.  The bread pudding here is one of the best in the city.  I’d come here just for that!

If you only can make it to one COOLinary meal, make it this one!

312 Exchange Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130 Ph: 504-523-1504

Blaine 8-14-2020

 

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