FEAST opens in New Orleans
[ Feast ] has "no real peer in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities that pride themselves on their epicurean adventurousness". Frank Bruni, The New York Times
There's a new bull in the pen.
Houston's Feast has landed in New Orleans.
They've taken over the old Creole Skillet over on Julia Street.
All the current criteria ju jour are being met: Local, sustainable, fill in the blank.
Can't wait to get over there tomorrow afternoon and tear into a big plate of pork belly.
S.O. and I went last Thursday. It was amazing.
We started with roast fat ($1). These were three cubes of cured fat that had been rendered. Very tasty with the bread they bring out.
Then we ordered marrow bones ($9.75). My S.O. loves marrow bones, and these were no exception. So glad that there is finally a place to get these in the city.
For apps we had Pork Rashers and Creamy Brussels sprouts ($8.95), Scallops St. Jacques ($9.75), and Snails and Gruel ($8.75).
The Rashers was a revelation. They are braised sliced thin with the skin still on, slightly sweet, flavored with fall spices and maybe a tad of malt vinegar. The brussels sprouts were in a slightly sweet cream sauce. Excellent dish. We took some with us and all our friends who tried it were starry-eyed. One has become addicted.
The snails were stewed with tomatoes and spooned over the top of the gruel. We think the gruel was made of barley. It was sweet and very creamy.
Who wouda thunk cheese on scallops was a good idea? Well, it is. The St. Jacques scallops were served on the half shell with a creamy sauce. there were big chunks of mushrooms and just a tad of cheese on top. I really liked this dish.
For the main course we ordered the Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Leg ($28.95), with garlic rutabaga and mustard greens. This was a HUGE portion, so we were glad to split it. The rabbit was amazing. It had been brined wrapped in bacon, then wrapped in caul fat to hold it together while being braised. It was a unique texture because the meat had only been cooked to medium well. It was insanely juicy and the texture was not the normal stringy falling apart, but more like chicken oysters.
We ordered a side of bubble and squeak ($3.45), which is cabbage leaves, brussels sprout leaves and mashed potatoes, all browned in a skillet. It has a crispy toasted outer layer. This was also a huge portion.
For dessert, we had toffee pudding with clotted cream. Also, we ordered honey rosemary ice cream. The toffee pudding was stunningly good. Despite the fact we were stuffed, we kept eating it. The ice cream, which was recommended to us, was the only un-inspiring part of the night. It wasn't bad, it just left something to be desired.
Overall our dinner was spectacular. The food was amazing. We left regretting we could not eat 4 times as much as there were so many things we wanted to try. The two things we really wanted to try were the whole cow and pig heads.
We are planning a return with several of our foodie friends so we can try everything.
In short, you must try FEAST!
Went on Friday. Loved it! Had the massive pork chop with bubble and squeak, pork chop had an amazing depth of flavor, much different to my palate than the pork at Cochon, Emeril's, etc. Welsh rarebit as a munchie, pig ear "cake", the rabbit and chicken liver terrine...we gorged ourselves. And while the BYOB policy lasts, a real deal to boot! Can't wait to graze through the rest of the menu!
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
Menu for tonights service:
Monday September 27th
Roast Tomato and Fennel Soup $6.95
Pork Rasher and Creamy Brussel Sprouts $8.95
Snails and Gruel $8.75
Terrine of Rabbit Belly, Pork and Chicken Livers $8.95
Roasted Bone Marrow and a Parsley Salad $9.75
Pig’s Ear Cake $9.45
Scottish Smoked Salmon $9.75
Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Leg, Garlic Rutabaga
and Mustard Greens $28.95
Butcher’s Wife Double Rib Pork Chop with Bubble and Squeak $23.95
Pan Roasted Grouper with Peas, Bacon and Tomato $24.95
Braised Pork Tongue with Root Vegetables $23.95
Half a Roasted Pig’s Head
with Roasted Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Parsnips and Carrots
For 2 $47.95
For 3 $69.95
Vegetable Pot Pie with Green Beans $18.95
Exmoor Toasts $3.45
Welsh Rarebit $3.45
Bubble and Squeak $3.45
Whiskey Prunes $3.95
Roast Fat $1.00
Hard to believe, but these guys have already hit their stride less than a week into service.
Portions are enormous and profoundly delicious.
Had the Bubble and Squeak as an app and it could've fed two hungry eaters. I'm not into food as architecture so I really appreciated the fact it was dolloped onto a plate.
"Here's your food now eat it".
Roasted pork fat reminded me of the Mangalitsa I was cooking in Budapest over the summer. Tiny cubes of crispy pork tossed into a bowl.
Once again: "Here's your food now eat it"
My main of crispy pork belly took me back to a meal I had at Slims in Cincinnati a couple years ago. Simple, delicious and perfectly executed with a tawny crunchy hide giving way to a margin of melting lean, top notch pork.
I suspect the hog was a Duroc but could not get confirmation.
I paired with Abita Restoration purchased for a king's ransom at a nearby convenience store.
Quiet room with lots of pictures and paintings. Could seat a hundred or so diners. Expect for it to fill up soon and often.
Service was professional. They've brought one of their aces in the hole over from Houston and he was on it. Didn't ask me if I needed any change when he took the check!
Chatted with both chefs, each seemed really excited to be in New Orleans and bringing plain home cooking, done right to the people.
Ran into one of them a few hours later at Mimis over in the Marigny. He knows that with all the press they have a lot of expectations but is confident they can meet and/or exceed them.
With home cooking this calibre these fellows are going to do just fine.
If pure flavor is what you're looking for, zero frippery, no prissy towers of food reaching towards the ceiling then Feast is the real deal.
Went yesterday for lunch. Tried the parsnip soup, pork terrine, grouper, cock a leekie, braised pork cheeks, yoghurt cake, and honey-lemon ice cream. All were fantastic, especially the pork cheeks, but I'd say the grouper was my least favorite if I had to pick one. Oh and both pre-meal breads were delicious. I wanted to take a loaf of the sourdough home with me. Can't wait to go back.
I haven't been but Houston chowhounds rave about it. There is some kind of toffee pudding or some dessert that they say is a must. So many say it's the best dessert they've ever had. I don't remember right off hand what it was but if you go to the Houston board and search FEAST, I'm sure you'll find it along with great reviews.
I went last week on a slow Tuesday night.
My wife and I werent terribly hungry so we only ordered a few things.
The bath chaps were truly phenomenal. They were unctuous without being over the top (as often is the case with many of these fat-in-your-face dishes!). The rutabaga and mustard greens were perfect foils for one another as well as for the bath chaps. The dish was well balanced, executed and presented.
In addition we ordered mussels and the chicken onion. The broth the mussels were cooked in was heady and aromatic. The mussels themselves werent plump and tasted a bit off. None of the shells were cracked and they all steamed open properly but they were slightly funky. The chicken onion was rather underwhelming. The concept sounded great -- an onion wrapped in chicken skin. The onion was devoid of flavor and the skin was flaccid. The dish really fell flat IMO.
Our server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable.
Overall, I really enjoyed the experience despite the miss and a half with the mussels and chicken onion and will absolutely be coming back.
I must have gone to a different restaurant everyone else did because I thought this place wasn't very good at all. I really like the concept, but the food was at worst terrible and at best unoffensive. Had the lunch prix fixe. I had rashers and lamb shank. Fiancee had cured salmon and fish pie. Rashers were salty to the point of being inedible and beyond that, not all that appealing. Maybe I just don't like eating pure fat like everyone else on this board. My lamb shank was inoffensive but honestly tasted like something you go do at home, really unspectacular. The mash was good though. Salmon was ok, still a little salty. Fish pie was pretty decent but mainly because of the brussels sprouts that came on the side and the mashed potatoes. Pie itself was meh. Really the only thing we really liked was mashed potatoes and b sprouts, and that's not a good sign. Maybe it was just a bad crew working during then but whiffing on four out of four entrees isn't a very good sign.
Ha, I bought the living social deal yesterday and used it today. I got the 3 course lunch prix fixe- pork fat on toast, braised pork cheeks, and bread and butter pudding.
The first two courses were fantastic, especially the cheeks. The bread pudding was not great-- there was a really bitter taste that I couldn't identify, but it really ruined the dish. Nevertheless, I will definitely be back.