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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Lunch at Restaurant August

is a restaurant located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, LA and is part of the John Besh empire of Restaurants. As you go into the restaurant

you enter the bar area where your reservation is taken or you can wait there

for a table in the dining area.

My dining companion (DC) and I arrived with no reservations but it was a traditionally slow mid-September and our wait was short.

Restaurant August is only available for dinner with the exception of Friday lunch. Here was the lunch menu that day.

but DC and I were really interested in the Friday only prix fixe menu, which changes weekly and is a great value. Now it's $20.15 and next year it's $20.16. Love it!

Some really good sourdough bread with butter were brought to the table as starters,

followed by an Amuse Bouche  (mouth amuser) or "amuse" as known in the culinary world.

This is supposed to be an introduction to the cuisine of the kitchen rather than an appetizer and is always given gratis. This day the amuse was garlic/Parmesan custard with tomato Mousse. Very nice and a portend of good things to come.

The prix fixe had two choices from the starter/main/dessert category so I ordered whatever DC did not.

DC had the Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Ciabatta and cucumber.

What was cool about this dish was the solids were brought plated to the table and the tomato puree pored over it table side to make the soup.

I had the Pate de Campagne, a rustic pate, served with pickles, mustards, bacon-onion Marmalade and Brioche. Tres yummy!

DC then move on to Confit of Guinea Hen with chili, amazing,

while I had the default, shrimp Strozzapreti, an interesting pasta, with Rouille, a sauce with garlic, breadcrumbs, saffron, chilies and breadcrumbs and Harissa, a chili paste. A very complex, intriguing and delicious combination.

I am dessert averse, so DC double dipped on chocolate Torte with espresso ice cream and hazelnut garnish

in addition to ricotta Panna Cotta with chopped apple, apricot and rosemary ice cream.

These desserts were wonderful especially the rosemary ice cream which was Terra Incognita to me up to that point.

To top off all this food off, DC and I were give a bit of Praline and a coconut/mint treat to top off this wonderful meal.

The food at Restaurant August is innovative and amazing. If you go here for dinner, you will probably spend well over $100.00 per person just for the food. Consistently, Restaurant August is rated the best restaurant in New Orleans and one of the best restaurants in the country. At $20.00 and change this is very generous of Chef Besh to expose all of us to the caliber of cooking at this restaurant. As an aside, I was told that all of the Besh Restaurants have a really great happy hour which is an affordable way to explore some very good foods and wines at these establishments.

As we took leave of our meal DC and I were very happy.

Another really great meal and another post on Forks.

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA  70130
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