Stella! New Orleans

Stella! – A Meal to (Mostly) Remember in New Orleans

In DNR, Restaurants, South by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch2 Comments

We enjoyed a great evening in New Orleans at Stella!. The four course tasting menu is a really special experience, especially when the wine is flowing.

Stella! New Orleans

Stella!

We blame it on New Orleans.

We had planned our Saturday night dinner at Stella! in advance. After a day of drinking with friends Heidi and Karl, we arrived for dinner at the elegant yet comfortable restaurant in the French Quarter right on time. We were seated at a well-positioned table for four at the front of the restaurant. Deciding on Chef Scott Boswell’s four-course tasting menu (as opposed to the seven-course option), we strategically placed our orders for maximum sharing potential. And that’s where it gets a bit fuzzy.

We are normally quite meticulous about documenting what we eat. During special meals, we often take detailed tasting notes, much like one would do at a wine event. We somehow forgot to take notes after a day of visiting many local drinking establishments. Since we didn’t forget to use our cameras, we will let the photos tell the story of our epic dinner at Stella!.

 

Dinner at Stella!

The $85 prix fixe course dinner started auspiciously with an amuse bouche made with liquid nitrogen. With this start, we knew we were in for a unique experience.

Amuse Bouche Stella New Orleans

Amuse Bouche

We opted against the wine pairing and instead conferred with the sommelier to order wine for dinner.  We remember deciding on two interesting bottles to complement the meal – white to start and then a bottle of red.

Wine Service

Wine Service

Since we were sharing, there were plenty of dishes during the first two courses. As they came, we passed them around the table, which enabled us to taste pretty much everything on the menu.

Deviled Egg, North Star Caviar , Black Truffle, Brioche Croutons and Champagne Gelée Stella New Orleans

Deviled Egg, North Star Caviar , Black Truffle, Brioche Croutons and Champagne Gelée

Beef and Oyster Tartare Stella New Orleans

Beef and Oyster Tartare

Whole Roasted Celery Root with Maine Diver Scallops, Arctic Char Roe, Lardo, Radicchio and Rose Apple Stella New Orleans

Whole Roasted Celery Root with Maine Diver Scallops, Arctic Char Roe, Lardo, Radicchio and Rose Apple

Crispy Veal Sweetbread with Boudin Vert, Roasted Artichoke, Black Trumpets, Smoked Anchovy and Arugula Stella New Orleans

Crispy Veal Sweetbread with Boudin Vert, Roasted Artichoke, Black Trumpets, Smoked Anchovy and Arugula

Milk Braised Acorn Fed Pork with Apple Butter, Puffed Sorghum and Guanciale Stella New Orleans

Milk Braised Acorn Fed Pork with Apple Butter, Puffed Sorghum and Guanciale

Spicy Asian Chili Prawns - New Orleans Style Stella New Orleans

Spicy Asian Chili Prawns – New Orleans Style

Spanish Octopus Stella New Orleans

Spanish Octopus

As opposed to our early dinner strategy, we did not share the main courses. The 2foodtrippers both ordered the duck, which included five different presentations including a petite cup of duck soup.

Tasting of Duck 5 Ways Stella New Orleans

Tasting of Duck 5 Ways

Heidi and Karl opted for different main courses. Heidi splurged on the Butter Poached Lobster with brussel sprouts, spaghetti squash, pistachio and sauce Américaine. (It was a splurge because of the $15 supplement.) Karl ordered the Roasted Prime Beef Strip with short rib pastrami, salt roasted turnip, marrow béarnaise and horseradish.

Lobster & Prime Beef Main Courses Stella New Orleans

Lobster & Prime Beef Main Courses

Before dessert came out, we were treated to another dish made with liquid nitrogen plus a cheese plate.

Liquid Nitrogen Strikes Again Stella New Orleans

Liquid Nitrogen Strikes Again

Selection of Artisanal Cheese with Seasonal Garnish Stella New Orleans

Selection of Artisanal Cheese with Seasonal Garnish

Then came out the official desserts.  The highlight was the Bananas Foster French Toast with caramelized brioche, lime curd, banana pudding and spiced walnut pressé – a modern take on a New Orleans classic.

Bananas Foster French Toast with Caramelized Brioche, Lime Curd, Banana Pudding and Spiced Walnut Pressé Stella New Orleans

Bananas Foster French Toast with Caramelized Brioche, Lime Curd, Banana Pudding and Spiced Walnut Pressé

Winter Citrus - Cornbread Financier, Sorrel and Powdered Cheesecake Stella New Orleans

Winter Citrus – Cornbread Financier, Sorrel and Powdered Cheesecake

Granny Smith Apple with White Coffee Royale and Flavors of Anise Stella New Orleans

Granny Smith Apple with White Coffee Royale and Flavors of Anise

As we sat in our after-dinner glow, out came even more sweets to end the meal to end the meal with a sugary bang.

Dinner at Stella New Orleans

Dinner at Stella!

We were all happy at the end of the excellent, creative meal. Since we were in New Orleans, we, of course, celebrated the successful meal at a bar.

(Disclosure:  A few of these photos were taken by our friend and professional photographer, Karl Seifert. We highly recommend that you check out his website at http://www.karlsportfolio.com.)

Important Update

Stella is now permanently closed.

Stella was located at 1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States.


Comments

  1. If the food was anything close to how amazing it looked in the photos it must have been an amazing meal. I will have to up my game on my next trip to the area. Somehow a cup of gumbo doesn’t seem as appealing now. Cheers!

    1. Yes, the food at Stella! tasted as good as it looks in our photos. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with a good cup of gumbo in New Orleans.

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