K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen (New Orleans, LA)
K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Dining date: 6/10/15
K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen opened in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1979 and has been an institution ever since. Opened by chef Paul Prudhomme (and wife Kay) after helming the kitchen of Commander’s Palace, K-Paul’s has been serving creole/cajun favorites that haven’t changed in the last 35 years. Blackened fish was created here, a technique now duplicated all around the region. Jambalaya, etouffée, gumbo, turtle soup, fried oysters – it’s all here. A visit to K-Paul’s was high on my list of restaurants to try.
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo Pan-Braised Chicken, Chef Paul’s Own Andouille Sausage Made in Chef’s Meat Plant in Melville, Louisiana with Fresh Vegetables, Cooked in a Chicken Stock and Dark Roux Served with Rice
The gumbo had plenty of meat, especially shredded chicken with a deep earthy flavor. A good version, but not one of the top ones I had on this trip.
K-Paul’s Spinach Salad Fresh Young Spinach Leaves Topped with Sliced Hard Boiled Eggs, Sautéed Mushrooms and Fried Bacon Bits, Tossed with K-Paul’s Special Spinach Salad Dressing
Spinach salad was a light starter, though was topped with an egg with an overcooked, mealy yolk.
Classic Crawfish Etouffée A Classic Combination of Fresh Louisiana Crawfish Smothered in a Brown Gravy Made with a Rich Seafood Stock, Browned Flour, Onions, Bell Peppers, Celery, Garlic & Seasonings and Served with Rice Veggies
Étouffée was rich with lots of crawfish on buttered seasoned rice. Side vegetables seemed like an afterthought though, sauteed until mushy in butter.
Blackened Louisiana Drum Fresh Drum Fish From Louisiana Waters Seasoned and Blackened in a Cast Iron Skillet and Served with Drawn Butter, Potatoes and Veggies
The blackened drum was cooked well, moist with a flavorful blackened spice rub. Mashed potatoes and the same mushy vegetables came alongside.
Chocolate Hill Our Homemade, Rich Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Chocolate Ganache Underneath and White and Dark Chocolate Drizzled on Top
We had this bundt cake for dessert. It was very dense, fudgy with a rich chocolate sauce – truly something for a chocolate lover.
After dinner, we stopped by the nearby Sazerac Bar for a nightcap. Of course, the namesake drink was in order.
The Sazerac Sazerac 6 Year Rye Whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters, Sugar, Herbsaint Rinsed Glass
Southern Gentlemen Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Simple Syrup, Fresh Mint & Blackberries, Lemon Juice
K-Paul’s served up some classic local favorites and it was certainly a treat to try the blackened fish in its birthplace. However my expectations may have been a little too high as K-Paul’s didn’t quite meet them.