4729 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
The ambiance is quaint. Very characteristic of New Orleans, with its upscale rustic charm. I was surprised that this place was empty when we got here. I mean, 6 PM is early for dinner here but still. I figured a place with this reputation would have a line out the door. Oh well, no wait for us!
The moules frites had Prince Edward mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and andouille. It was pretty big for an appetizer, but very tasty. The french fries were crisp and the mussels were cooked to a nice consistency. The white wine based cooking liquid was pretty good, didn’t have an overwhelming alcohol taste to it.
The goat cheese tart was filled with crabmeat, topped with a friseee lettuce and served with a cherry tomato gastrique. This was by far my favorite dish of the night. The goat cheese had a nice tang that was balanced by the sweetness of the crabmeat. The tart had a nice crust to it. And the little lettuce helped to lighten up the dish. So delicious!
The caraway crusted tenderloin w pork jus was served on top of mashed potatoes with an onion and apple chutney. Caraway is aka Persian cumin or meridian fennel. This is one of the more popular dishes on the menu. I liked it, wished the onion and apple chutney flavor came out more.
The trio of lamb included a crispy lamb belly, pistachio crusted lamb chop and coucous with ground lamb. The crispy belly was by far my favorite. It had the flavor and the appealing texture. The pistachio crusted lamb chop was different then I’m used to, I loved the pistachio crust. The coucous I was not a fan of, but to be fair, I’m not really a fan of couscous in general but I wanted this dish for the 2 other preparations.
the chocolate pecan pie was served with a scoop of Guinness ice cream. I know, my heart stopped too when I read that, Guinesss?!? in ice cream?!? genius! just pure genius! the pecan pie was alright, but I loved that ice cream.
The brioche bread pudding was served with pecans and caramel syrup. I usually think bread pudding is boring, but this one was pretty flavorful.