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Lilette proves that a little French bistro can compete with New Orleans’ many big Cajun restaurants.
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Lilette Restaurant Review

: Chef John Harris took a risk when he opened his tiny French bistro on Magazine Street. The many competitors were serving more traditional Cajun, Creole and po’ boy fare, but Harris persisted and crafts such straightforward dishes as grilled beets with goat cheese and walnuts, and innovative plates such as the warm sizzling shrimp in a vinaigrette scented with Meyer lemon and oregano. Roasted Muscovy duck breast comes with cauliflower polonaise, sautéed spinach and a toasted shallot sauce, and grilled Hawaiian fish is served with grilled hearts of palm and sweet onions and mixed mushrooms. Desserts are no laggards either, with chocolate brioche bread pudding accompanied by Earl Grey ice cream and orange caramel. Lilette’s sommelier stocks the ever-growing wine list with such complex selections as a spicy, smoky Domaine Serene Pinot Noir from Oregon that pairs nicely with the grilled lamb sirloin. Another is the Kistler Chardonnay from California, with its blend of oak and citrus, a good accompaniment to the aforementioned sizzling shrimp appetizer. And the by-the-glass options are worthwhile as well. The dining room was fashioned from an old corner pharmacy, and the original traditional ceramic tile floor, maroon walls and wide-paned windows are the principal design elements. On a cool evening, the side patio is one of the most romantic spots in the city.

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Average rating    3
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A Flawed Gem
by spudly on Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:50 pm
Lillette is a super quaint restaurant located in the most bohemian and artsy section of Magazine Street, home to an array of artists, students and old money. It's somewhat small but cosy and inviting. The food is inspired and very good. Recently we had the best rendition of mussels in wine, garlic and saffron broth I have ever had. The grilled beet salad with french cherve and pecans was excellent as was the duck confit salad. The Hangar steak with pesto sauce was exceptional for tenderness and they know how to pepare seafood as well.

They use local food stuffs when available but the menu is more continental than creole/Louisiana. The service is college- girl snippy at times. The wines are bizarre/obscure and did not find them cheap. In fact a $43 cote do rhone was cheaper than the $15.00 a glass for 4.

The food is indeed very good and if you are used to European style service you should be happy.
by yummie on Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:06 pm
Disappointing. I took a friend from Atlanta for lunch. She had the broiled shrimp appetizer. The shrimp were overcooked and there were only 5 of them! Anything less than 6 shrimp in New Orleans is just bad manners! I had the salad with veal cheeks and the gnocci. The veal cheeks were the best dish we had and very good. The gnocci was also very good, but again, the portion was about a tablespoon and a half. Go to Clancy's instead.,
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