Taste of the Week – October 11th-17th


Without a doubt, New Orleans is a great food city, which in this regard at least, appears to be recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This past Friday night, I had dinner at Stella!, Chef Scott Boswell's flagship restaurant, located in The French Quarter. The dinner was absolutely sensational! I will write more and post more photos in the not-too-distant future, but for now, I will highlight one dish as my "Taste of the Week." With so many dishes from that meal being quite memorable, choosing one was not easy. From a pure taste sensation, I would have chosen Roasted Heirloom Potato Puree with Applewood Smoked Bacon Lardons, Fingerling Potatoes, Truffle- Scented Petite Brioche Croutons and White Alba Truffle Créme Fraiche Caviar. That was a totally decadent dish as flavorful as any that I have had for some time. Instead I chose a dish, that also had great flavors, though perhaps not quite so intensely wonderful as the soup. The Tempura Tsukiji Market Japanese Anago with Last of the Summer Spicy Melon Kimchee, Aguni Sea Salt Flowers and Spicy Sweet Red Chili certainly did not lack in flavor, but I chose this dish for its texture – specifically the wonderfully crunchy tempura-fried fish spine, a first for me. This was clean, crisp, flavorful and without a trace of grease. his ws my first time for a special treat liek this, and hopefully not the last.

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