200 Julia St.
New Orleans, LA
The chefs and owners are originally from England, so when you walk in, you immediately get an upper-class tavern feel to the place. Then you look and the menu and think, “hmmm, what is that?” But I think the waiters are used to getting asked that a lot because our waiter was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. We decided to treat ourselves to the 3-course $20 lunch.
The sister-restaurant, Feast in Houston has won many awards including (best new restaurant of 2009 from Bon Apetit) so I figured, this place was definitely worth checking out. I was surprised to see how many empty tables there were though for a Friday afternoon (I think most people think of this as a dinner place). I guess we need to get the word out about the amazing food for the great price.
I thought this water container was so awesome (perhaps British? but I wouldn’t know because the only place I’ve eaten at in London was Heathrow airport).
Bread was a little tough to chew and butter unfortunately was frozen solid.
My friend started out with the warm pork fat on toast with thyme and picalilli (so much for New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier!) She said it was actually quite good.
Now I know this said whole garlic shrimp, but I was surprised to see the head AND tail and shell still on. I was however able to use my knife/scalpel to extract the meat and pick up some extra garlic sauce and enjoy my amazing crisp shrimp. The waiter even brought out a bowl of lukewarm lemon water to wash my hands in. Im glad I’m not the only one who makes a mess of this dish.
My friend had the pan fried local caught amberjack with peas, tomatoes and bacon. I’m not a huge fan of fish but I tried a bite and loved the smoked bacon flavor of the fish.
I had the pork confit tart with duchess potatoes and kale. The pork confit was cooked with caramelized onions providing its unique onion-y flavor plus a bit of sweetness to the tender pork strips with a flaky crust. It was to die for! And I love the duchess potatoes, very similar to our mashed potatoes but not as heavy feeling and somehow baked afterwards. The kale was wonderfully cooked, crisp and salty just the way I like it.
My friend and I both go the toffee bread pudding as our dessert. Our waiter warned us that the white stuff was curdled cream which has an intense flavor on its own and not to eat it all at once like some other patrons do who think its ice cream. It was delicious and sticky which says a lot since I’m not a big fan of bread pudding. This new restaurant is amazing and I think people should def go check out the 3 course lunch deal!