GW Fins, New Orleans, LA Report #315

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The COOLinary season is in full swing.  I had my first COOLinary dinner at a place called Coterie, and then one at The Pelican Club.  This place has a great reputation, so my hopes for this third one was high.

GW Fins doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside it’s beautiful.  Fish is the star of the menu, which changes constantly depending on what’s fresh at the market.  Their signature dish is something called “Scalibut”.  A Halibut filet covered with sliced sea scallops.  How they “glue” the scallops on there I have no idea, but I knew I had to try it.

I checked the menu online before we arrived and Scalibut was offered on the COOLinary menu.  When we got in, I saw it wasn’t!  I was about to order it, and the Lobster Dumplings for an appetizer off the regular menu, but figured I’d ask first if I could get it on the COOLinary menu.  Our waiter said I could, for a $5 upcharge.  Sounded good to me!

My dining partner and I both ordered a COOLinary meal.  She got the Fried Calamari, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and House Made Fruit Sorbets.  I went with the Firecracker Tuna Tacos, Scalibut, and the Chocolate Bombe.

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And the FOOD!

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They start you off with a hot biscuit with softened butter.  Yummy.

The calamari was unbelievably tender and fried nice and crisp.  The menu said it was served with Gochujang chili oil, whatever that is.  If that was the sauce under the calamari, I want it again!  It was great.

My tacos were very good.  Cool, fresh tuna tacos, topped with that green caviar you normally see in sushi restaurants.

The crab cakes?  Fantastic.  The Scalibut?  Better than fantastic.  The Royal Red shrimp risotto served with it was utterly delicious, and it’s served with a Royal Red shrimp on the side.  If you’ve never had those you’d swear you were eating lobster.

Both of our desserts were awesome.  The Chocolate Bombe was maybe the best chocolate dessert I’ve ever had.

Outstanding dinner from start to finish.  I will be back!

808 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA  70112  Ph: 504-581-3467

Blaine 8-21-2020

 

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

     Ok, I loved the COOLinary meal I had here so much last year, I came back in for a second round this year.  Unfortunately, unlike last year, this year it’s only offered Sunday-Thursday night.  Didn’t notice that on the website.  I happened to come in on a Friday.  

     No matter.  I did want to try their regular menu anyway.  Here it is!

When I was looking at the COOLinary menu I had noticed that fried snapper breast. I was torn between that and the lobster dumplings. I told my waiter and he suggested the snapper breast.

Also, I had never eaten barracuda. In fact, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it on a menu. Didn’t know you could eat those things. He told me it was a meaty fish similar to swordfish. I like my fish like my women. Meaty. So I decided to try it. But I substituted the mushroom risotto for mashed potatoes. And I ordered the bread pudding for dessert.

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They still start you out with those delicious hot biscuits. I ate one. A guy passed back and asked if I wanted another. Of course the answer was, “Yes please”. I knocked that one down. Then a guy passed back with another pan of biscuits. He stopped at my table and took away my biscuit plate without saying a word. I guess I looked like someone who’d just sit there eating biscuits all night (which is true), and he was having none of that!

That snapper breast was delicious! More meat on it than you’d think. It was fried super crisp so the skin was like fish bacon, and that sweet Vietnamese glaze was yummy.

The barracuda was just as my waiter described it. A very meaty slightly oily fish. Very good with that mushroom risotto.

I hate raisins in bread pudding. Instead of raisins, they put chocolate chips and pecans in theirs. What a fantastic idea! Awesome bread pudding.

As a side note, starting Monday if you want to dine indoors at any restaurant in the city of New Orleans, you’ll have to show a Covid vaccination card. There’s no timeline yet on how long that’ll be in effect.

Very good dinner tonight. I shall return!

808 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA  70112  Ph: 504-581-3467

8-13-2021

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