New Orleans Dining: Herbsaint


Herbsaint, in the New Orleans central business/downtown district on St. Charles Avenue, was one of the first fine dining restaurants to re-open after Katrina. Chef/Owner Donald Link is preparing some of the finest cuisine in the city, blending traditional French and Italian influences with modern Louisiana ingredients. We had dinner at Herbsaint with a local friend last night, and it has been one of our best experinces in the city so far.

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The outdoor lighting of the restaurant and the large windows reveal a very modern and inviting space inside.

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A view at the pass.

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Main Dining Room

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Herbsaint’s menu.

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The Herbsaint Champagne Cocktail.

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Amuse Bouche of Green Beans and Quail Egg.

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Fresh French bread hot from the oven.

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Shrimp and Tomato Bisque

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Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

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Housemade Spaghetti with Pancetta and Fried-Poached Farm Egg. Everyone loved this one.

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Shrimp and Green Chile Grits Cakes with Tasso Cream Sauce. I thought this was stylistically similar to Upperline’s Cane River Shrimp appetizer, but in an even richer and creamier sauce. Not necessarily better, but certainly a great dish.

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Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms and Basil. Of the three pasta appetizers we sampled, this one was the least interesting, but it was still very good.

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This was a special off-menu appetizer, a beet ravioli with julienne green apple slaw that was by far considered the best of the pasta dishes.

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Fish of the day, sauteed Redfish with mashed potatoes, butter beans and turnips. I liked this one a lot, the butter beans were a great compliment to the dish.

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Duck Confit with Dirty Rice. Rachel really liked this one.

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Herbed Hangar Steak with Pomme Frites and Pimenton Sauce, which was kind of like a red pepper aioli. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

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Louisiana Strawberry Sorbet. This was a knockout.

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Chocolate Beignet with brandied cherries.

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Inside of Chocolate Beignet.

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Fresh Louisiana Strawberries.

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After eating so much food we needed the walk back to our hotel. We passed by Gallier Hall at 545 St. Charles, a massive three story high Greek Revival structure which served as the City Hall for over a hundred years. You can book it for weddings too. This building is so big I had to go to the other side of the street over a hundred feet away just to get it in frame. The doors are probably close to 20 feet high.

2 Responses to New Orleans Dining: Herbsaint

  1. […] Click Here for our previous coverage and photos of Herbsaint  […]

  2. flint says:

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