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brucec Jan 18, 2009 10:13 AM

Where might we reserve for a top-flight, please-all-the-senses anniversary dinner? Elegance of the room/service should macth that of the food/wine choices. Thanks in advance, and we'll post our results.

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    1. Bill Hunt Jan 18, 2009 04:28 PM

      I will not argue with EC's suggestion of Restaurant August, but will add The New Orleans Grill @ the Windsor Court Hotel:

      Reviews with each:


      PS I think that the wine service at The New Orleans Grill is much better, but then we did the sommelier's pairing at RA. Their winelist looks very interesting and I feel that we'd have had a much better experience, had I only gone from the list, and not trusted the sommelier.

      Restaurant August
      301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Windsor Court Hotel
      300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: Bill Hunt
        Tonto Jan 20, 2009 06:58 PM

        Try Delmonico's

        1. re: Tonto
          Bill Hunt Jan 20, 2009 07:01 PM

          That rec. should work, as well. We had a very good meal there, and the only complaints, that I can come up with were with the wine service. It was not bad, just not up to par with the rest of the evening.


          Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
          1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: Bill Hunt
            brucec Jan 21, 2009 03:33 PM

            Thank y'all for the time and thoughts. We've resv'd. @ Stella!; (will check back next time (next ann.) if we're still in town (increasingly likely) for fine choices.)
            Bill H - There's a new grape in the world -Traminette- recent (6yr) hybrid from Cornell and upstate-NY growers/vintners. It's a floral-spicy-solid wine that lacks the (overpowering-to-some) body of G'wurtz (one of its parents), and when finished properly is a versatile accompaniment to the wide range of spicy/hot/robust meals I favor. Really only available in the Finger Lakes/NY region, but 'the more you know......

            1. re: brucec
              Bill Hunt Jan 21, 2009 05:54 PM

              Thank you for the H/U. I have found few of the hybrids, that I really liked, but a lot of that could be the winemaker's finishing of the grape. I'll keep my eye out for this one.

              Do you have any recs. on producers? I do not normally head to the NY section of the wine shop, but will on your rec. Sounds a bit like a cross between a Viognier and a G'wertz. Done right, I do enjoy floral whites. Just because the grape is a hybrid, or being planted in AVA's that are not normally on my radar screen, does not mean that they are not wonderful - gotta' try it.



              1. re: Bill Hunt
                brucec Jan 22, 2009 02:17 PM

                My 1st choice is by Castel Grisch, followed closely by McGregor's and Dr. Frank's (Constantine Frank, who is a truly pivotal figure in the growing of vinifera grapes in several US climes.)

                1. re: brucec
                  Bill Hunt Jan 22, 2009 05:14 PM

                  Thank you for the recommendations. Now, I just need to see if I can find any in AZ. Even much of CA's (that's the state, not our northern neighbors) production does not make it here.


        2. re: Bill Hunt
          localfoodie Jan 26, 2009 01:39 PM

          I went to Rest. August the other night-you might be please to know that they have a new Sommelier she just started from what I gathered.

          1. re: localfoodie
            Bill Hunt Jan 26, 2009 03:39 PM

            Thank you for sharing. Only question is did she do a good job for you? I hope that she will work more closely with the kitchen and that Chef Besh (or his GM) support her and allow her to revamp the main wine list, especially with regards to the chef's tasting menus and the pairings.

            I would have gone back, because of the food and the rest of the service, but now will make a special effort to make it sooner. If she's doing a good job then, I'll retract my previous statements with an addendum and special note on that review.



            1. re: Bill Hunt
              localfoodie Jan 27, 2009 07:27 AM

              Unfortunately I did not require her services, because I knew exactly what I wanted, but I did inquire bacause I know that they have been running without a sommelier, and I noticed her presence. I am excited to see what she will come up with- perhaps I will try back in about 3 weeks - enough time for her to get her footing.

              1. re: localfoodie
                Bill Hunt Jan 27, 2009 04:43 PM

                You will be back, before I am. Please offer up a review of everything. Obviously, I am most interested in her wine program.



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          brucec Jan 25, 2009 09:11 AM

          Stella! was full Sat. and we had a late-ish (9:45) res. - there was some concern that the quality of the food/service might be lagging by then. There was NO need for concern. We opted for the 7-coure chef's menu and were never let down. From the amuse' to the lagniappe (that makes 9 !) we were, by turns, bedazzled an delighted. Of note were the soup (squash puree' w/ bacon and a savory chocolate), and fish (the ideal combination of a shatteringly-crisp exterior wrapping done-to-perfection buttery flesh). The sevice was unobtrusive, competent and always arrived half a beat before one thought of it. Wine selection was broad and (to-this-eye) fairly complete, and the staff was happy to open and leave the bottle(s), per instruction. We could not have been better pleased.

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          1. re: brucec
            Bill Hunt Jan 25, 2009 11:25 AM

            Thank you for the report, and glad you enjoyed it.

            Back in previous days, NOLA was a late dining city. Things changed with Katrina, but it sounds like it is getting back to that, with later seatings and kitchens staying up longer. I feel that this is a good sign.


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