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The Hungry Nomad: Lilette (New Orleans, USA)

May 6, 2011

Lilette (New Orleans, USA)

Lilette, located Uptown on Magazine street is one of our top ten places to dine in New Orleans. The restaurant serves authentic French cuisine and carries an extensive list of wine from all regions of France. 

Be prepared to wait while before you are seated.  We went there last weekend with the start of the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Perhaps this is why it was busier than usual but having made reservations in advance we expected to be seated in a timely manner... 2 hours past our reservation time we were seated. In fact by the time we sat down most tables were finishing up their dinner. I'm wondering why they take reservations when they can't keep them. Not to mention our party included a very pregnant friend who had to stand on her feet for two hours.

Complaints aside: once we were seated and the food arrived everything was great. 

First on the list was the  potato gnocchi with sage brown butter and parmigiano cream. It was PERFECT. The count and I absolutely love gnocchi and seem to order it whenever its offered on the menu. This one was delicious with a perfect creamy sauce. 

Our table also ordered a cheese plate which included several different types of specialty cheese including blue and goat cheese. The bread was served right out of the oven...and perfectly warm. 

Cheese plate


The escargot served with mushrooms and Calvados cream. If you like snails then you can't go wrong with an order of the escargot.

The Escargot in creamy butter


Fried Kurobuta Pork Belly with a salad of melon, pea shoots and cucumber

Steak Frites with bordelaise sauce

Roasted Poulet Breast
And after all that I absolutely had to order dessert...which was beautifully presented and amazing. 

All in all the meal was fantastic. The ambiance is also very inviting. The restaurant is almost always busy so it makes for a great night out. There is also the newer addition to the Lilette family called the Bouligny Tavern located right next door. They have a wonderful cocktail menu. So if you ever have to wait for  a table make your way over to the Bouligny for a drink. 

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