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Dim sum in the clouds....TLH or LKH?

My soon-to-be-husband and I will be wrapping up our honeymoon with three days in Hong Kong. Obviously I am overhwlemed with the ENORMOUS amount of "must-eat" destinations. One thing I am sure of, is that we would like to have one blow out dim sum lunch. We've boiled it down to Lung King Heen or Tin Lung Heen (Taking into account view, food, overall experience). I've waivered between the two for weeks (even making reservation at both for different days) but I've decided I need to bite the bullet and pick between the two ... So I'm leaving it up to you chowhounders ... I know it's not the first time this question has been asked but ... which would you pick?

Magasin Cafe on Magazine

agreed, bun was good and flavorful with plenty of fish sauce, and chicken and pork were both tasty and of higher quality than some other Vietnamese places in the area

Mar 06, 2012
mcristy in New Orleans

Juice Cleanse or Juice Delivery

I'm not sure if this is totally ill-suited to this board or if the detoxifying nature of juice cleanses make them perfectly suited to new orleans. Either way I was wondering if anyone knows a place to get fresh raw juice, or juice fasts. At home in Miami I used to be able to get a days worth of juice delivered fresh nightly

Thanks for your help!

Dec 15, 2011
mcristy in New Orleans

Thoughts on Emeril's and Service in New Orleans

I can't say I was ever a huge fan of Emeril. Maybe it was the size of his empire or the restaurant with the same name I can find at home in Miami, but it wasn't until I visited Delmonico's for my boyfriend's graduation party that I began to change my mind. When previously mentioned boyfriend returned to New Orleans for a job interview, I think it was the dinner I took him to at Emeril's that sealed his moving back to the Big Easy, no matter how adamantly he insists it was the job.

It really stands alone as one of the best meals I've enjoyed in the city. The restaurant is beautiful and modern, foretelling of the service inside.

The barbecue shrimp was delicious
The drum he had was perfect
The venison sausage was great
and everything else I put in my mouth seemed to follow that general theme of delicious

What I really remember however, after the bottle and a half of wine, was the service. Our waiter was young and funny. He gave great recommendations and found us a delicious bottle of wine, exemplifying something that is so integral to New Orleans. It's service. I must however mention that this was not a good ole boy with Louisiana charm, he was from San Juan. At the end of this long ramble I guess this is what I'm getting to, what is it about New Orleans that creates such driving charm and desire to please in the restaurant industry?

I understand that many of you must think this is foolish, because obviously the hospitality industry should be in its essence hospitable. But I can assure you that this is not the case in much of the country, most notably my hometown of miami.

So what do you think it is? Could it be the water? I'm just wondering what it is about this place that insists on making every meal so enjoyable, and it makes me want to stay for dinner.

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jan 20, 2011
mcristy in New Orleans

La Provence

Thanks for the great review! We'll probably end up visiting MiLa instead this weekend, but I'll most definitely be keeping La Provence in my back pocket for a special occasion. :)

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La Provence
25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

Dec 13, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

La Provence

Anyone know specifics about La Provence, I see references to its past success, is it still worth the drive? Any reviews?

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La Provence
25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

Dec 11, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

Clancy's

I just returned to Clancy's last night for the first time in over a year, and i regret it being so long. The food is always classic and delicious, and even though it's on the more expensive side i really do feel that for the quality and service, it is quite affordable. Dinner was 5 girls in their early twenties, so we were the youngest in the restaurant. I'd felt bad making a late reservation on a week night, (working at a restaurant i know how much the kitchen hates that last 10pm reservation) but they assured me that the dining room would still be full and it would be no problem. They were extremely accommodating and could not have been kinder.
The food was great! The deviled eggs don't get as much praise as they should, they're incredible. We also had the sweet breads (YUM), crab salad which had a great russian dressing with caviar last night (it changes regularly) and as entrees the veal with crab was incredible as was the lobster risotto. Obviously we couldn't pass up dessert, everyone raves about the lemon icebox pie, but i prefer the coconut cream it's crazy good also great the house made sorbets and ice creams!

All in all, friendly neighborhood spots like Clancy's are intrinsically New Orleans and make me so happy to eat in this city :)

Dec 03, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

New Restaurant -- Sarita's on Freret

I just went for the first time yesterday. For students it's a convenient and local alternative to the crappy food on campus. I had the Cuban sandwich, being Cuban and from Miami, I feel like I can speak with some authority and say that it was perfectly crispy and deliciously authentic. My boyfriend had the Havana plate, slow roasted pork, beans and rice, and fried yucca. The maduros and yucca are worth the trip alone.
Sarita, the owner is really intent on establishing a local clientele, and I think it'll be a great addition the the neighborhood. HIghly recommended for a cheap lunch option!

Apr 16, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

Help! Celiac in NOLA!

I know Casamentos has no gluten in their fried seafood, that's definitely worth a try. Make sure to check their hours it can get tough to catch them when they're open.

http://www.casamentosrestaurant.com/

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Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Apr 13, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

August's degustation menu, anyone tried it?

i just went crazy and posted an absurdly long and unnecesarrily detailed account of my meal at August if anyone is interested in follow up! You were all right, totally worth it.

-c

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687355

Mar 18, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

Tasting menu

I would second any recommendation of August's tasting menu! I just dined there for my 19th birthday (I know, I'm a lucky girl) with my boyfriend and two other friends. Needless to say the food was incredible, the wine pairings fantastic (although I'm not exactly as well versed in this department), and the decor in the main dining room very bright and elegant, far from stuffy.

The first thing that was brought out, other than the delicious home-made sourdough, was a hollowed out egg shell filled with a truffle infused egg custard topped with black caviar and a brioche stick, delicious and great presentation. We all decided that the caviar made the dish, but maybe thats because we're college students, and making the jump from Boot PIzza to black caviar at August blew our minds.

The first dish of the 9 course tasting menu was a petite torchon of seared foie gras served over a little baby pain perdu and a strawberry coulis topped with some micro-greens. The small appetizer seemed to be the perfect ode to the winter becoming spring, and the strawberries cut the fatty foie very nicely. (This was probably my favorite dish of the night.

The second course was also a favorite, yard egg raviolo with brown butter and sage. The house-made raviolo was thin enough to see the egg yolk through it, and at presentation it looked like a lovely sunny side up egg (but better). This dish reminded me that I should cook with more brown butter, its nuttiness works classically well with the sage, and if there had been any of that yolky butter sauce I couldn't have scooped with the large spoons they provided, I would have gladly sopped it up with the bread!

Next came the fish dish, which I believe was puppy drum, but may have been corvina or a sablefish filet, coated in a shredded potato "breading" that was crispy and left the fish moist and flaky on the inside. This was served over a pea mash and some sort of veal reduction, (My specifics begin to blur at this point a little, blame the 5 glasses of wine or the absurd amounts of food)

The first of the heavier dishes was a stuffed cutlet of veal which was filled with Michael Gullot'as take on the classic oyster stuffing. There was a wine and veal sauce in this dish as well, but I was too caught up in the fatty P&J oysters to notice much else. I also noticed how tender the veal was, it was done in the pan (or maybe grill?), but it seamed almost poached.

The heaviest meal of the night was next, this dish, which should have been called 3 awesome ways to eat pig, had what looked like a giant meatball split in half to reveal a loin of wild boar, and a loin of Berkshire pork, wrapped in pulled pork shoulder.... I know.... it was insane. Under this mass of delicious porks were some braised baby vegetables, brussels sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, etc. that were delightfully crisp and helped my mind wrap itself around the delicious pork-bomb I had been served. All of this was served in a deep dish with a delicious sauce of pan juices, that may or may not have included wine.

The meal approached its finale with their take on a cheese course. This is probably my most loosely detailed. But on the plate was a cannel of what I was to say was a sheep or goats cheese, and a raspberry sauce that was delicious, there was also a toast of some sort... I think? (sorry, it was late)

The grand conclusion of this meal was a chocolate three ways, the first were tiny squares of unbelievably thin chocolate crepe layered with lemon curd to create what looked almost like a pettifor. Number 2 was a delicious chocolate macarron filled with more lemon curd, I'm a sucker for cute macarrons so i looved this one. The fan favorite however, was the final chocolate confection. Labeled a chocolate beignet, it was definitely cakier than a beignet and was filled with ooey molten chocolate, so it resembled more of a moelleux au chocolat and was coated entirely in cinnamon sugar. It was amazingly indulgent.
This dish also had my favorite wine of the night. An incredible sweet incredibly light muscat, St. Jean de Minervois. I don't claim to know wine, but this was so effervescent it reminded me of the ciders they used to serve my little cousins in Switzerland, but grownup and way better.

I originally meant to post this as an independent review, but I guess it ended up here. It was an incredible meal, and although it is expensive, I think it lives up to its value. The amounts of food are not overwhelming, and although we stumbled out like fattened hogs, every one of us had cleaned our plates.

One last word on the service, We are not August's usual customers. We dressed well for the occasion and didn't act like the college-aged frat kids that most would expect form us, and although we received a few sideways glances from some of the patrons upon our entry, the staff didn't bat an eye and really made for an outstanding meal with excellent service. We also had a late reservation by New Orleans standards (and even arrived 15 minutes late, although I'd called ahead to notify) so we were the last table of the night. The staff was incredible friendly and didn't hurry us out at all. I actually excused myself to the ladies room and caught, who I guess was the manager, in the hall, and he actually invited us to take our time and sit over our wine, which was a very kind gesture, at a very late hour of the night.

All in all, I would recommend this meal to anyone who is interested, and I know I can't wait for the next parent's weekend where I will try my hardest to coerce my father into subsidizing another delicious meal at August.

-Cristy

p.s. dinner for four including wine pairing and an 19% tip came out at just over $700

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mar 18, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

suggestions for an uptown birthday dinner

Thanks for the great responses! My dad actually surprised me with reservations at August with the intent of trying the degustation menu.

Another birthday surprise from the family, is a visit from my younger sister for the weekend. So, i think we'll be able to enjoy some of your recommendations then. I was thinking Mat and Naddie's for lunch Saturday and Patois for brunch on Sunday!

Feb 27, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

August on a budget

i read it too haha
i know that's super weird and awkward, but I actually used your candied pecan recipe for a romaine, cranberry, and goat cheese salad I served at my family's Christmas party! The balsamic was great addition to a recipe I've always enjoyed.

p.s. are you still in law school? I'm a student at Loyola

Feb 26, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

August's degustation menu, anyone tried it?

My father met Chef Michael Gullota last night at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival's Patron event, and drunkenly called me to insist on patronizing August for my much anticipated birthday dinner next week (My student's budget doesn't really allow for frequent exciting dining). But dad's footing the bill so, I was wondering if anyone had tried the wine pairing menu? Overrated or worth the $175? Thanks in advance for any insight! -c

Feb 26, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans

suggestions for an uptown birthday dinner

so I've been living on these boards for the last few months after moving the beautiful new orleans, and would like to thank all the posters for so many great restaurant recommendations and tips on places I would've otherwise never found! This post however is requesting some special help. I'm a student with a culinary mind and some money to blow on a Birthday dinner for four. I was considering Gautreau's or Clancy's. I really like the idea of somewhere intimate and off the beaten path. Any suggestions/ reviews?

Feb 20, 2010
mcristy in New Orleans