Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Orleans Eats: John Besh's August for an Amazing Lunch Prix Fixe Meal!

One of my must stops during my New Orleans trip is John Besh's Restaurant, August.  Arguably the most well known and popular chef coming out of the city, I became a huge fan from watching him on the first season of the Next Iron Chef (still think he should've won over Michael Symon!) and his appearances on Top Chef.

August also has an amazing prix fixe deal for just for lunch:  Three courses for a mere $20.11!  (Note that the four course dinner prix fixe is about $80 a person).

On top of the three courses, the meal even starts with the best amuse I've had at any restaurant...a creamy fish stock flavored custard served in an egg shell and topped with caviar.  As you can see the presentation is great and the amuse is as good as it looks!  You also get some good sourdough bread to start (seen in the background).

For apps, we got the roasted cauliflower cauliflower salad with pistachio, chicory, and brown butter vinaigrette.  A light, nutty, and refreshing salad....and again, the presentation was beautiful.

The acorn squash soup with toasted walnuts and cardamom creme fraiche was silky and delicious!

The pork belly entree was just stunning... Yes the pork was as yummy as it looks!  Super crisp skin and pork itself was super moist and tender.  It came with smoked apple and celeriac, petit fall root 
vegetables and chestnuts.  

The other entree ordered was the pan seared Gulf Sheepshead fish entree.  It came with a parsnip custard (delicious!), brussel sprouts, and farro with butternut squash vinaigrette.  Everything on the dish was delicious,  especially the custard, but the vinaigrette on the farro seemed a bit out of place on the dish.

For desserts, the eclair was awesome.  It was stuffed with some sort of cheese and came with fleur de
sel caramel and roasted apples.

The other dessert was a fried apple pie with heirloom apples and caramelized goat's milk.
The flavors here were more familiar but still excellent.  The apple pie was freshly made and piping hot, and
the caramelized goat's milk served as whipped cream accompaniment.

After dessert, we also received petit fours which consisted of a chocolate ganache-candy as well as a 
peanut brittle.  This was a great closer to an incredible meal.

There it amazing meal and probably my favorite meal during my New Orleans trip.  At $20 a person for basically five separate courses, you can't pass up this deal and HAVE to stop by if you're in town!

301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 299-9777
**reservations highly recommended**

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