Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Emeril's (New Orleans - Warehouse District)


While in New Orleans, I met up for lunch with some colleagues at Emeril's in the Warehouse District.
To be honest, I was a little worried that Emeril's would be one of those overhyped celebrity restaurants, but a colleague had chosen Emeril's because, at least up until the prior evening when she dined at Commander's Palace, it had been her favorite restaurant in New Orleans. (More on my own meal at Commander's Palace in my next post!)

Luckily, we had a reservation, because the place was packed. The restaurant is quite spacious, but the decor is warm and welcoming, with the open kitchen in the back. The "Lunch Crunch" special - a choice of three courses, served in 30 minutes, for $22.50 - seemed like an excellent deal, and we all selected this option.

My first course was the soup of the day, which was a Curry Tomato Soup with Shrimp that is rich and flavorful.

Curry Tomato Soup at Emeril's (New Orleans)
Curry Tomato Soup with Shrimp

I chose the Steamed Mussels as my main course, with coconut curry, Chinese sausage, scallion, herbs, ginger, and a slice of grilled furikake bread. The mussels and the broth were both good, but it was the grilled bread that really wowed me. That furikake seasoning was amazing.

Steamed Mussels at Emeril's (New Orleans)
Steamed Mussels

My dessert was a lovely Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee.

Vanilla Creme Brulee at Emeril's (New Orleans)
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

The colleague who had recommended Emeril's "upgraded" her dessert to the famous Banana Cream Pie , with a graham cracker crust, drizzled in a caramel sauce, and topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate, and shared bites with the rest of us. I am not quite sure that the photo does it justice, but the pie is huge - and delicious.

Banana Cream Pie at Emeril's (New Orleans)
Banana Cream Pie

Everything from the quality of the food to the service at Emeril's was quite fabulous. What a great choice!

Restaurant info:
800 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
On the web: http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/1/Emerils-New-Orleans/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmerilsNewOrleans?fref=ts
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/Emerils

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