Blown away by Commander's Palace "Tailgate" tasting menu
I'm a visitor to NOLA, still sampling the city as we speak. I've read the boards many times looking for recommendations, and all indications seem to be that Commanders Palace is the place to go for lunch.
We splurged for dinner instead, and I can honestly say we were not disappointed. We both opted for the "Black and Gold Tailgate Tasting Menu" with accompanying wines and were completely bowled over by how fantastic it was.
Starting off was a take on the BLT, made with fresh crab and shrimp, and bacon fat mayo (sounds healthy, no?). This was a delicious take on the tradiitional BLT, stacked on tiny toasted bread pieces, with heaps of crab, tomato slices, and a single green leaf.
Following that, it was on to the Lobster Mac & Cheese, presented in a small cast iron pot; this was one of the hits of the evening. My dining partner was tempted to lick the bowl clean.
The Black & Gold Rising cocktail was a treat. Heavy on the rum, dusted with gold, this tiny shot glass was delicious and refreshing.
Next up was the Super Bowl, a presentation of crawfish and jumbo shrimp, on top of a seafood salad. Those were sucked down with glee!
Sliders were never so good as the CP's take, featuring seared beef and foie gras. The fois gras portion was a bit much for me, I find it so rich I can rarely eat more than a mouthful, but the beef was perfect: raw in the middle, and fork tender.
Topping off the evening was an unforgettable Bananas Foster Souffle drenched in caramel sauce. I don't think I've ever tasted anything quite like it. Rich, light, decadent, and lovely, we fought over who got the last of the rum caramel sauce.
Total cost for both of us, with accompanying wines and tip: $280. A steal in my opinion, and something I definitely recommend trying before it goes away!