We enjoyed a great evening in New Orleans at Stella!. The four-course tasting menu was a really special experience, especially when the wine was flowing.
Important Update: Stella is permanently closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before dessert came out, we were treated to another dish made with liquid nitrogen plus a cheese plate.
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.
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.
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.)
Stella was located at 1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States. The restaurant is permanently closed.
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