Five of us are traveling to NO this August, and have heard good things about Herbsaint. Anyone tried it lately? Have recommendations?
Very good restaurant. Are you looking for other restaurants or recommendations on what to try?
At NOMENU.com there is a list of all open restaurants and some other food facts by our local food critic Tom Fitzmorris.
It's great...has a varied menu of appetizers, soups, small plates and entrees, so it's good for those who like to try many different things. The duck-andouille gumbo is pretty damn good...my last visit was in significantly cooler weather, so I'm not sure what's on the dead-heat-of-july/august menu. Nice desserts--I recall a malted mocha creme brulee as especially tasty. Nice fries, too, with pimenton aioli & sea salt.
Lovely. Granted I was there last spring before the ruckus, but it was fabulous and the banana brwon butter tart is delicious.
Herbsaint is one of the very best restaurants in New Orleans. I think every time I've been there I see Donald Link on hand in the kitchen. Reasonable prices. Somewhat different approach. Great comfort food. Not touristy. I highly recommend it.
You may want to also try Donald Link's new restaurant, Cochon - it's definitely for meat lovers, but I don't eat meat and found that the fish of the day fisherman's style was extremely tasty and had a nice, hot "kick" to it. It's at 930 Tchoupitoulas.
I ate at Herbsaint last week and it was good, but I would not order the hanger steak again. It was perfectly cooked and tasted fine, but the way I grill it at home is better. The wine flights are a great deal on price and the Gamay flight last Wednesday evening was a steal for $12. Fabulous pommes frite and the banana torte desert was really, really good. I want to go back and try one of the fish dishes.
I ate there last time and also had the hangar steak. i'd love to get your recipe becuase i loved their treatment and what was in that mayo? i had a great time there. we had the bisque which was out of this world. I have always liked bisques that added anise or tarragon so the splash of Herbsaint makes wonderful soup. Then for small plates we had:
Olive Oil Seared Gnocchi with Lemon, Parmesan and Local Tomatoes
Shrimp and Green Chile Grits Cakes with Tasso Cream Sauce
Fried Frog Legs with Fresh Fines Herbs
All of which was good but the green chile grits cakes stole the show. the frog legs were mine, they were nice, but i sort of hit a bad one and the off taste kind of ruined the dish for me. But, it happens. I am pretty sensative to fishy flavors. The gnocchi are pan seared and browned a little bit which went well with a nice burst of fresh parsley. Great plates
For Main courses we had:
Roasted Jumbo Shrimp with Sweet Corn Custard, Local Tomatoes and Jalapenos
Muscovy Duck Leg Confit with Dirty Rice and Citrus Gastrique
Grilled Hanger Steak with French Fries and Pimenton Aioli
and my mom had the Fish Special which was some sort of Snapper served with a corn fritter.
I loved the hanger steak and that Aioli was spot on but i would recomend the duck if you are only going to have one thing. It was stellar. The sweet corn custard was a nice idea but too desert-like for a main course, IMO.
We also had tons of great drinks and some wine. The deserts were nice too. Great experience, not to be missed if you are in NO
I so agree with the shrimp, gits and cream sauce stealing the show. It was wonderful- I had to come home and try making it the next week. Thanks to Chef for having the recipe online at http://www.herbsaint.com/recipes1.html. Nice service, easy walk from Canal, made reservations on Open Table. I would go back in a second....
Our group of five ate lunch there today and it was wonderful.
We started with:
Spinach Salad with shaved radishes with parmesan beignets. Delicous
The Herbsaint , Tomato and Shrimp Bisque as creamy and delicous.
I did not taste the crisp lettuces with crumbled bacon and buttermilk dressing but I was told it was good.
For our second course we had Fried Oysters - they were light and very fresh tasting.
Olive Oil Seared Gnocchi with Lemon, Parmesan and Local Tomatoes - again, I did not taste it but it my friends raved.
Hanger Steak - I just had a bite but thought it was tasty.
Spaghetti with guanicale and a poached. This was FABULOUS. A delicious sort of deconstructed carbonara - the poached egg on top was fried as with the crispy piece of guanicale - perfection.
For dessert we shared a coconut cream pie with macadamia crust , orange sherbet and the banana brown butter tart with the latter being the best of the bunch.
I would go back in a minute.