Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Palace Cafe in New Orleans

On New Years Day, a group of long-time friends and I had a lovely dinner at the Palace Cafe in New Orleans. Located in the Business District on Canal Street, the Palace Cafe is well-known in foodie circles as a go-to place for creole cuisine.

Large windows allow a view of the kitchen.

Our table was on the second floor with a great view of Canal Street.

The cheese plate was absolutely fabulous. From the website menu: "Idiazabal, Saint Agur, triple cream brie, bûcheron goat cheese, pecan fig bread, fig reserve, Granny Smith apple."

The charcuterie plate was equally fabulous. Called the Petite Campagne on the menu: "Niman Ranch prosciutto, lamb terrine, country pâté, venison salami, duck rillettes." 

I got the Andouille Crusted Gulf Coast Fish. Perfectly cooked white fish of the day with a mild, yet flavorful andouille crust.

The Lovely Spouse got the Seared Duck with Confit. Again, perfectly cooked and absolutely succulent. 

Bananas Foster was created by Paul Blange for Brennan's in New Orleans in 1951 and has remained a classic dessert ever since. [Reference] True to its origins, this one was prepared table side and was absolutely delicious. A lovely way to end a most lovely meal.
Dinner at the Palace Cafe was priced for an occasional treat or special occasion. New Years with our friends certainly qualified and the meal and incredible service greatly exceeded our expectations.

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