[New Orleans] Angeline

We had earlyish reservations here (7pm), to follow seeing a performance at Preservation Hall. Neither of us was feeling like doing justice to a full three course meal, in spite of a number of delicious listings on the short menu. And a number of them felt quite rich and, perhaps, more elaborate than we were in the mood for. However, the day’s fish special sounded perfect and we both went with that.

We’d never encountered drum before but it is, apparently, a popular local fish. A generous fillet came pan fried and was quite a meaty texture, with a fairly mild flavour. It sat on a bed of giant couscous, mixed with peas, thin slices of both carrot and radish, and a little leaf that looked like watercress but had none of the peppery taste. There were a couple of blobs of pesto on the side of the plate which perked things up. This was an outstanding dish – it was easily the best dinner plate we ate on our three week trip to America and, indeed, one of the better dishes we’ve eaten anywhere in recent months.

We shared an apple crumble dessert – the crumble coming from a mix incorporating oats and nicely balanced with the sweetness of the apples. Some house made ice cream worked perfectly. Really good and a bang-on dessert for autumn.

Service was excellent – our guy being friendly and attentive in an almost European way. Maybe that’s a NOLA thing.

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