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Le Chat Noir Restaurant
Price Range: $$
Chef Seth Temple is onstage, front and center, at Le Chat Noir, the former cabaret theater at 715 St. Charles Ave. Temple's artful food commands the spotlight, the star of the show that went curtains... Read More
Chef Seth Temple is onstage, front and center, at Le Chat Noir, the former cabaret theater at 715 St. Charles Ave. Temple's artful food commands the spotlight, the star of the show that went curtains up in early December 2021. Temple drives a veg-forward menu with big flavors and farm-fresh ingredients. Take what he does with hakurei turnips, for example. A sauté of the small, crunchy vegetable, greens attached, in a miso-fueled umami sauce studded with candied Meyerquats and fronds of bronze fennel is hauntingly simple. Then there's the daily fresh fish served with an oniony soubise, mushroom and capers. And that crab fat agnolotti is to die for. Sommelier Kevin Wardell, who moved to New Orleans from Healdsburg, California, curates an affordable wine list with small, boutique producers and lesser-known grape varietals.
715 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
- Seafood: "The raw oysters program is hinged on sustainable farmed bi-valves that don't require dredging."
- Best Restaurants: "Order anything pork - the chef buys from a third-generation farmer in Baton Rouge and they are used snout to tail in this kitchen."
- Best for Seafood Because: Less is more is the motto here, with fresh seafood and locally farmed ingredients allowed to shine.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Chef-driven modern farm to fork eats makes this newly opened restaurant a winner.