Recs for Mila, Bistro at Maison deVille and Iris
Hello, we'll be visiting next month, and have narrowed down our dinner choices to Mila, the Bistro and Miason de Ville and Iris. Iris was a last minute decision, thanks to the news that they are now open in their new location. Any recommendations for any of these spots would be much appreciated. Also, we plan to have luch at Commander's one day, so would love any suggestions for special dishes there. Looking forward to some wonderful meals, and thank you so much for your help!
My boyfriend and I recently dined at MiLa. I had the Foie Gras terrine, the tea-brined duck and he a fish entree that I don't see listed on their menu. We also had a bottle of Pinot Noir with our meal. All of our selections were tasty but the portions were pretty meager. Likely, I wouldn't have felt so cheated had the ridiculously small portions not been served on laughably huge plates. The mark up on wine also left a sour taste in our mouths. I will emphasize that the food was good, but don't go hungry unless you're planning to order multiple dishes.
Can't comment on the other two, but for the Bistro, following is what I had last time I was there, and I'd highly recommend them all:
From the menu -
Frog Leg Grillades with Apple Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Grits $12.00
Flash Fried Oyster Salad with Spinach, Hard Cooked Egg, Maytag Blue Cheese and Creamy Bacon Smoked Pepper Vinaigrette $12.00
Duck Cassoullet, Confit of Duck and Leeks, Roasted Duck Breast, Cannelini Beans, Seared Foie Gras and Herb Scented Wild Rice $38.00
I've also heard good things about their mussels frites, Bouillabaisse and roasted chicken.
As far as Iris what I really like to do is to order a light appetizer/heavy entree or vis versa. For the appetizers I would look to the veal cheek ravioli, the gnocchi, or any of his soups. For the main, any of his fish dishes, the steak frites (with marrow butter) or the duck with olives are pretty phenomenal. Dessert dont miss the poached pear with caramel-sea salt ice cream.
MiLa-I have had some great experiences there. The sweetbreads with truffle grits is perhaps one of the best appetizers in the city. Bar-b-q lobster and the crab tian are very delicate and delicious. Whatever tenderloin dish they are running (sometimes it is veal other times it is pork) is usually very good. Fish dishes have shown some inconsistencies. As far as prices, they are certainly on the high end of the spectrum, but then again there is a little more refinement than many restaurants in New Orleans. Neither good or bad, just a fact. I will hasten to add that their tasting menu is around $65 and I believe is either 5 or 6 courses. Which is a good value. Or just make a light dinner of the appetizers. But whatever you do, get a side order of the truffled grits. Trust me on this.
We eat out quite a bit at nicer restaurants, and we felt as though the MiLa $65 tasting menu was actually a very good value for the quantity and quality of food we got. I did not find the mark up on the wine to be especially steep for a fine dining establishment. I am sorry we did not have the truffled grits, though!