If you want to venture down to the Central Business District, this place is worth a stop. It’s in walking distance of the Word War II Museum and the Superdome.
Classy looking place. As soon as you walk in you’ll see a basket full of boxes of Herbsaint matches. You can help yourself. What’s classier than that? If you’re not happy after your meal you can take out your frustrations by going set something on fire!
I hate menus that are too big. This one is a nice size. I decided on the duck, tasso and andouille gumbo, baked scallops, and the Muscovy duck leg confit.
And the food:
They started me out with an Amuse-bouche. A little chip with some house made cheese dip. Yummy.
Then the bread basket came out. I love hot bread and soft butter. A little too much. It was a Ciabatta bread that was so hot I could see steam coming out the basket. And the butter was so soft I don’t know how it held it’s square shape. The bread was nice and crispy on the outside and very soft on the inside. Reminded me of the delicious bread The Pelican Club serves. Excellent.
Like many true New Orleanians, I judge a place by it’s gumbo. If I did that here the place would get an A+. Very good gumbo. Flavorful, with a nice dark roux. Plenty of shredded duck meat in it.
I looked at the menu before I came in and wanted to try the Gnocchi with pancetta, under “Small Plates”, as an appetizer. But then I saw the baked scallop dish on the daily specials menu. I had to try that. Fantastic! Glad I had some bread left over to soak up the sauce in the pan.
Finally the duck. Utterly delicious. Crisp skin and unbelievably tender and juicy on the inside. And I can easily say this is the best dirty rice I have ever had at any restaurant. ALMOST as good as the one I make at home. If you want to try what real, New Orleans dirty rice should taste like, come here and try theirs. Tell them give you some of the same batch the good looking guy that sat by the front window Friday night had.
When the waiter first brought my entrée out, it didn’t look like that much so I asked for the dessert menu. That duck leg was bigger than I thought. There were a few things I wanted to try for dessert, but I was too stuffed! Maybe next time.
Great place. I highly recommend it!
701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 Ph:# 504-524-4114