Herbsaint (New Orleans, LA)

Herbsaint
701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
Dining date: 6/12/15

HerbsaintHerbsaint is chef Donald Link’s flagship restaurant. Since opening the restaurant in 2000, Link has garnered considerable acclaim on the nationwide stage and is now one of the most notable chefs in the state. He opened the ever-popular Cochon in 2006, was awarded the James Beard award for Best Chef: South in 2007, opened up Cochon Butcher in 2009, and opened his latest restaurant Pêche Seafood Grill in 2013. Link was also nominated for the James Beard award of Outstanding Chef in 2012, 2013 and 2014. For these reasons, Herbsaint was a must-visit on this trip’s itinerary.

The menu is split into a handful of small plates and main courses with French-southern flair. We began with a light champagne cocktail.

Herbsaint Champagne Cocktail

Herbsaint Champagne Cocktail

Bread service at Herbsaint was one of the least impressive of the trip. Not bad, but I had some great bread at Commander’s Palace and Cochon.

BreadFried Frog Legs with Cajun Butter and Pickled Beets

Fried Frog Legs with Cajun Butter and Pickled BeetsOne of the daily specials, the frog legs were delicious. Perfectly fried with a crunchy batter, the meat was sweet, moist and tender. Pickled beets provided a counter to the richness.

The restaurant offers both a red and white wine flight – kind of fun. Here I opted for the red, a beaujolais flight.

Stephane Aviron Cote de Brouilly
Cave Saint-Cyr Chenas
Potel Aviron Julienas

Wine Flight

Jumbo Shrimp with Tasso-Stewed Collard Greens and Grits

Jumbo Shrimp with Tasso-Stewed Collard Greens and GritsI thought the shrimp was a little overcooked in this dish, though the grits showed off a fresh sweet corn flavor. A pronounced porky backbone flavor came through from the collard greens.

Grilled g.f. Farms Chicken with Scallion Risotto and Crawfish Americaine

Grilled g.f. Farms Chicken with Scallion Risotto and Crawfish AmericaineI almost never order a chicken breast entree but this one came highly recommended by our server. The chicken was actually really good with moist meat and crispy skin – perfectly done. The creamy risotto had subtle scallion flavor but was packed with shellfish flavor from the sauce. The dish really showed off a great mix of flavors.

Vegetable of the Day – Eggplant

Vegetable of the DayI got the vegetable of the day side just to keep things somewhat healthy. Pan roasted eggplant had plenty of spice but could’ve used some brightness.

Banana Brown Butter Tart with Fleur de Sel Caramel

Banana Brown Butter Tart with Fleur de Sel Caramel

We finished off the meal with this tart. The tart was served warm, certainly buttery with a nice salted caramel sauce. Vanilla ice cream was a welcome accompaniment.

Herbsaint presented a good meal, though it didn’t ‘wow’ in any way. Expectations may have been too high but I’m glad to have tried it.


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