I have been underwhelmed by the trendy new restaurants in New Orleans the past 2 years. I grew up on Commander's Palace, Antoine's and Arnauds, so it is not easy to impress me, but color me impressed enough to go back -- soon.
The place is relatively small, not tiny, but small. I hate giant corporate restaurants. The entire building is windows, so it is light and bright for lunch.
The craft cocktails truly are "craft". Not just the same old cocktails made with smoke or "craft" bitters. There is some real thought into mixing flavors in a different way to go with the food.
The menu includes Entrees and Dim Sum. We chose a Dim Sum appetizer and then went to the entree lunch menu. The DS was an Octopus Dumpling that was flavorful, tender and complex in its layering. It was so good I almost ordered a second one. It came with 3 dumplings.
My entree was a fried chicken whose name I can not recall, but it was a Southern Fried chicken with a Thai tasting sauce that left me wanting more - not in portion size -- that was very generous, but I could eat it again, and again, and again. It did have some heat, that went well with the comfort of traditional fried chicken.
They paid great attention to the Cajun and Asian heritage (CASIAN) and nothing was lacking in flavor or technique. One of the best meals I have had in New Orleans in the past 3 years. Service was fantastic - wish I could remember his name because he was warm and friendly-- but had the manners not to interrupt us or hover. His recommendations were spot on. We had lunch the day before Easter. I rarely give a Server this much props, but I will seek him out on our next visit.
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