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New Orleans Restaurants- My review of Annunciation

Californian Sunshine in a glass

Californian Sunshine in a glass

Out of the blue I received an email asking would I like to go to New Orleans. So one week later I was touching down in the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans.

The whole heat- humidity- city is another post, but this is about my last meal, so to speak. A very good friend, had asked another good friend, for recommendations on eating in NOLA.  Annunciation, in the Warehouse District appealed to me, so off I headed.  I’ll say one thing for American hospitality, they do it in buckets.

The bar in Annunciation

The bar in Annunciation

The welcome was genuine, with no awkwardness for being by myself.  I wanted to try an American wine, no point travelling all the way from Europe and having a European wine.  The first course of Fried Oysters, Brie and Spinach was as good as advertised, and like nothing I’d had before.  The oysters saltiness came through the dish and cut the creaminess of the brie.

Fried Oysters with Brie and Spinach

Fried Oysters with Brie and Spinach

The picture, to be clear, doesn’t do it justice! I struggled to choose between a number of entrée dishes offered.  And in the end it came down to a choice between two rose veal dishes.  The chosen one had a number of elements that I love, asparagus, bearnaise sauce and escalope of veal.

Veal Oyster

Veal Oyster (and none in sight!)

I have to admit, I didn’t manage to finish the main course, but I really wanted to try the dessert.  I would have quite happily tried any of them. But the one that was suggested by my server was the winner.

Dessert= perfection in a glass.

Dessert= perfection in a glass.

Butterscotch mousse, with salted caramel and whipped cream.  It sounds heavy, but it was light as a feather, and I definitely managed to finish it!

The whole meal from start to finish was excellent, not overly priced, and I was surprised that the room wasn’t packed.  If you are heading to this eclectic city try this restaurant.  Do it, you won’t regret it.

 

This isn’t a review- its a thank you

I couldn’t wait to visit Blairscove Restaurant near Durrus.  Chris Woodward, son in law of the owners Philippe and Sabine De Mey, attended the Ballymaloe Cookery Course at the same time as me, and I had promised him, and his wife Anne that we would visit.  So we did.  To be fair a Bank Holiday in West Cork is always a busy place, but we got the booking in early, and arrived hungry after a days orienteering.

The view when you park is worth stopping for.  That evening the weather was stormy, but dry, and the true spirit of the sea was evident! No picture as was too hungry.

Anne is renowned for her cocktails, so it would have been rude not to partake… Who doesn’t love a glass of Elderflower Royale?

Cocktail time

Cocktail time

The starter buffet was always going to be a winner.  Amy introduced everything to us, and it was almost impossible to decide.  I was very restrained, unlike some others I could mention.  Star dish of the buffet for me were the oysters.

The starter buffet- love the clam shell

The starter buffet- love the clam shell

We had each ordered something different for main course.  And it took quite a while to decide.  Blairscove are famous for grilling the local produce on the roaring fire grill in the dining room, it didn’t disappoint.  My lamb was so tender, and the unusual sounding aubergine cheesecake accompaniment gave a touch of bitterness to the sweet lamb. I had seen the first of the lambs running around in the Spring when I visited for the first time, and the lovely layer of fat is testament to the lush grass of the area.

Local lamb at Blairscove

Local lamb at Blairscove

Robert made an excellent choice in the turbot, and it was served on a really beautiful dish, lucky for Anne I had only a small handbag with me….

The turbot maincourse

The turbot maincourse

Nigel had the sticky pork belly, lightly spiced, it lost none of its pork flavour.

Sticky pork Belly

Sticky pork Belly

And then dessert, our server introduced all the delights, and then we had to choose.

The dessert trolley

The dessert trolley

I have to admit, my eyes were bigger than my belly. But really, how could you resist?  There was a distinct quiet at the table while the sweet delicacies were being “inhaled”.  My nephew said it was the best rice pudding he’d ever had.  Praise indeed from a child who’s mother cooks a rice pudding to die for.

Robert thought it was one of the best meals he’d ever had.  This is from the guy who has eaten in the Fat Duck.

Nigel said any restaurant that had the buffet of that calibre for the starter was a winner in his eyes.

And as for me?  I was delighted to catch up with friends, as I knew the food was going to be as good as reported.  We plan to return in September, and hopefully spend more than an evening.  As an aside we had great fun playing “beat the intro”, the pianist, who I believe had been paying there for years, was a real added bonus to the ambience.

Go there. Book it now.  Tell them I sent you.