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Mar 18, 2002 03:17 PM

Finally tried Herbsaint

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I finally tried Herbsaint last week while visiting my parents for my birthday. Delicious!

I found myself drooling over the soup and salads and the small plates -- decisions, decisions! Torn, I finally decided to get a salad course and two small plates. Fortunately, my parents and I were able to get all the small plates we wanted to try between the three of us.

For our first course, I ended up getting the arugula and endive with rabbit croquettes and whole grain mustard vinaigrette, my mother got the gnocchi, and my father got the touchon of foie gras. All of it was delicious, but as much of a fool as I am for foie gras, I think my rabbit croquettes were the best among that round.

For our main course, my mother got the fish of the day, sole, and my father got the muscovy duck leg confit. I took small tastes of both, but I was so distracted by the food I had ordered, I could barely focus. I got two small plates -- the shrimp with green chile grit cakes and the frog legs. The grit cakes were good, but I wasn't as wow'ed as I thought I'd be by them. They just seemed a little flat to me, for some reason. My frog legs were absolutely delicious -- tender, well-seasoned, and beautifully fried.

We debated trying dessert, but since my mother had made some pastries for us to have with some champagne before an after dinner drink at home, we saved that for another time.

All in all, a delicious meal. The atmosphere of the restaurant was a good one -- it seemed young and fresh.

Blue skies,

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  1. Sounds wonderful, Catherine! We're coming to New Orleans in July and we have a reservation at Herbsaint!

    11 Replies
    1. re: jilkat25

      You realize you just replied to a thread posted in 2002?

          1. re: jilkat25

            No worries. STILL a wonderful place to go . . .

            1. re: zin1953

              Still loving Herbsaint, but.. that sick Spaghetti that blew my mind a few years ago was a slight let down this time for lunch. Much creamier than I remember, but still cleaned the plate.

              1. re: Ziggy41

                fyi, a colleague and i just had lunch two door's down at Marcello's (not Trattoria or whatever its now called, which is immediately next to Herbsaint) -- they specialize in italian, pasta, seafood...had the linguini special w/ lobster, crab, shrimp, in a creamy sherry sauce and it was terrific. will be back to try more of their pasta.

                1. re: kibbles

                  Looking good kibbles. You guys have a nice Italian scene going there even at places not billing themselves as Italian (Herbsaint, La petite grocery, Peche) where you can find some solid pastas. Funny that I try to avoid Italian restaurants at all cost while I'm there (I live in NYC) but still wind up with a pasta fest

                  1. re: Ziggy41

                    visitors dont often realize it but new orleans has a rich italian heritage. creole italian is a thing...

                    1. re: kibbles

                      True, but as you would probably agree, creole Italian doesn’t compare to New York Italian. What the top chefs are bringing to town is more of hybrid Italian and I don’t think of it as creole Italian per se.

                      1. re: shanefink

                        how do you mean "doesnt compare"? in my mind it does. i enjoy creole italian cooking.

                        when i refer to the rich italian heritage in new orleans, im not referring to the recent northern small-plate restaurants run by popular chefs. im talking about the centuries-old heritage.

                        1. re: kibbles

                          Really, suprised to hear you say that? I’m a red gravy, veal marsala, eggplant parmasan (especially on a sub), penne a la vodka, stuff your face and finish with a piece of cheesecake Italian food kind of guy. Adolfo’s, Mosca’s, Madina’s, Vincent’s, Tommy’s, Irene’s are all okay, but definitely, to my palate, not compare to some of my favorite places in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island. I actually like the recent small-plate restaurants a la Domenica, Ancora and the recently closed A Mano better.
                          On another note, just had a great slice of sicilian in Flatbush last week. I love sicilian pies and don’t know of anyone locally that’s doing them. Do you, Kibbles?

      1. Glad to hear they are doing well. I've actually never eaten there. A few years ago we had reservations. After waiting an hour and dealing with an inept hostess we walked out. Anytime in NOLA with a planned meal lost is not a good thing. When I returned home I emailed my disappointment. Chef Donald Link personally emailed me back, addressed that he was out of the restaurant that night, and there was a front of house issue. He graciously offered us to return as his guest. We haven't made it back to Nola, and far too long since he offered that gracious gesture to take him up on it, but it is not forgotten. Great to hear they are once again shining.