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Jul 10, 2008 02:15 PM

Cuvee or Stella!

We're in NOLA this weekend and want to hit either Cuvee or Stella! on Saturday night, but can't decide. Looking for an experimental culinary experience with upbeat atmosphere. Who wants to break the tie?

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  1. My preference is Cuvee. Your decision may depend upon availabilty.

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      1. Unfortunately, the only redeeming portion of our dinner was the Chili prawns. The lacquered duck in the " duck 5 ways" was so overcooked and hard, I couldn't chew it, the confit was exceedingly dry although, the foie wonton was very good. 1 out of 5 isn't good enough. Husband had the flavorless surf and turf. Best part was the tempura vegetable. Dessert? No thanks. As I recall, jfood had a horrendous experince there. Search "Stella". Not everyone has a good dinner at Stella. Perhaps Jerod will.

      2. I agree with JazzyB AND mikemill!

        Seriously, roll the dice.

          1. Well, Cuvee it is. The menu does look incredible (no menu for Stella! online?), I'm excited. Thanks everyone.

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            1. re: Jerod

              The shrimp remoulade napoleon is an excellent appetizer. Enjoy!

            2. I'm down with Cuvee as well. I found their "duck dish" to be one of the best I've found. And you can't go wrong with their tasting menu.

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              1. re: BayouTeche

                Just to be a gadfly, I have been to both within the past week and VASTLY prefer Stella! Cuvee has dropped several notches since I last went there pre-k

                1. re: paz5559

                  Well, that changes things a bit... now I'm on the fence again. The sample menu I found for Stella! doesn't quite tickle me like Cuvee's does. Which has the better ambiance? Does Stellas menu change frequently?

                  1. re: Jerod

                    I suppose Stella's menu might be changing because I could view it on line about a week ago and now it's not there. In any case I'm going next Saturday. I've been torn between Stella and other places, especially after jfood's review of Stella, but I made my reservations today.

                    1. re: Jerod

                      You're gonna drive yourself nuts. They're both great restaurants. (There is no restaurant on earth that some people don't like, and Stella! and Cuvee are no exception.) As to the particular dishes mentioned in this thread, Stella's duck five ways may be the best duck dish I've ever had. Ever. And Cuvee's shrimp napolean is outrageously good too.

                      Pick one and have a great meal.