Oh, I am too full and happy to do this correctly, but I must report on tonight's meal before I fall into a stupor. Four of us finally managed to get to the Goddess. It really is as good as ya'll say. Two of us had the 4-course tasting menu, (right now it's a fall seafood based offering). Chef Chris came out and after an extensive and thoughtful discussion, helped me customized my tasting menu for a vegetarian. The only difficult was in the choosing. Believe me, this is a delightful rarity for a vegitarian in new orleans The other two diners ordered ala carte. Oh my! We had heard that this was the last week for their BBQ peaches, (topped with blue cheese and bacon) and I am so glad we rushed down to get some of their last (mine sans bacon, of course) A smokey sweetness that married the cheese and reduction sauce perfectly. I then had an edamame/mint bruschetta with a japanese dried chile paste whose name and pedigree the chef happily extolled, but that I have since forgotten. It was so light yet rich and delicious, such a surprise, and one of my favorite dishes And the blue corn enchiladas are yes as good as people say, I had never had anything quite like it. Did I mention the figs stuffed with cloud light honied goat cheese garnished with an exquisite aged balsamic oil that the chef came out and drizzled himself? We all almost fought over them. Or the inventive and delicious cocktails? I won't even try and describe what we sampled, the ingredient list is almost confusingly long and exotic, but the outcomes were, with one exception, fantastic. As we were nearing the end of a veritable food orgy, the blue cheese/date plate arrived, paired with the 12 year old scotch my fellow diner ordered (he was kind enough to share) This was one of the most lovely cheeses, and such a perfect match with the scotch. I didn't think I had more room. Oh, I forgot the hand cut sweet potato "ravioli". There was much more, but I am simply to sated to describe. Every single last thing was done with such love and attention to detail, without being in the least bit stuffy, it is obvious these are people who just love what they do. We ate outside on this lovely, breezy almost fall evening, indulging in the casual elegance for unrushed hours. I cannot believe we fit in dessert. Okay, the tables were basic patio style furniture, and the server a bit blase, but it worked for us. It is so nice to see a new restaurant with this degree of enthusiasm and artistry, featuring a lot of rare and new (to me) ingredients,without anything getting lost in the gloss and spin. It's like a perfect marriage of fine dining and the ultimate casual over-cocktails meal. And for a vegetarian, it's restaurant Valhalla.
The goddess just got a new devotee. I'm going to try their brunch as soon as I can!
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130