Coquette: "A Great New Find" Coquette Tip by jakelorenzo
Coquette, New Orleans: 1 reviews and 0 photos
Everyone is always looking for that perfect New Orleans restaurant that no one else knows about. Well Coquette, open less than six months, is that restaurant.
First off, Coquette is casually beautiful. Downstairs the narrow room features a gorgeous, gigantic floor to ceiling polished wood bar. Brick walls on either side of the bar set off the dark wood and the intricate small tile floor and metal roof harken back to an earlier time. Husband and wife Stoltzfus handle the duties with chef Mike cooking and his wife handling the front of the house and in charge of the bar. She's a very good bartendress and the cocktails are outstanding with just the perfect touch of extra creative goodness. Try the Coquette Collins with its hit of lemongrass soda to see what I mean.
The food is simply wonderful. One lunch we had Fish and Chips ($15) which featured a perfectly cooked piece of fresh cod in a batter that brought you right to Maryland. Steak and Frites ($16) was substantial and cooked to perfection. Shrimp and Grits ($16) delicious and down home. There was a red snapper risotto that was so rich it could have been hard to finish, but once finished demanded a piece of bread to wipe up every last bit of goodness. Oh yeah the bread is fresh baked on premise.
Pork rillette appetizer ($8) was creamy decadence with an assortment of sides. Their Coquette Madam ($10) was loaded with emanthaler and just the right amount of ham and dijon to make it scrumptious and then topped witha sunnyside up egg to put it over the top.
Desserts include fresh made beignets filled with cream and then dipped into chocolate. Fresh Ponchatula strawberries come with a lychee infused sabayon. Whole pots of French Pressed coffee are just $6 the pot.
The only real problem with Coquette is that the food takes time to prepare, a lot of time. This is not the place to pop into for a quick lunch. But if you can spend a couple of hours here for a slow paced meal of terrific food with some fine cocktails and polish the whole thing off with a bit of dessert, then Coquette could be the restuarant of your dreams.
Favorite Dish: The fried oyster salad is a perfect example of what chef Mike Stoltzfus does. First there are the six perfectly fried oysters in a crispy, but light batter sitting around a lovely mound of greens. Sprinkled over the greens are delicious fried pork belly bits and sitting on top is a poached egg that becomes part of the dressing when you cut into it. It's delicious, inventive has that little bit extra and costs just $9.
Address: 2800 Magazine St.
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Magazine and Washington as you go Uptown from the French Quarter
Phone: (504) 265-0421
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