CP is another of our regular stops when in New Orleans. A recent discussion on this board debated the relative merits of lunch, brunch and dinner at this classic restaurant. For us it has always been a brunch place and this time it was the Saturday Jazz Brunch. Brunch at CP consists of three courses with multiple selections for each course. Price is based on the selected entree.
Our appetizers were Crisp Romaine Salad with Parmesan, presssed eggs, hardwood bacon and black pepper-buttermilk dressing, Wild Gulf Shrimp Remoulade "Moderne" with Tabasco infused shrimp mousse, Shrimp and Tasso Henican with Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc, pickled okra and five pepper jelly and Classic Eggs Sardou, a soft poached egg on an artichoke bottom over creamed spinach with Creole hollandaise. All were good, but the Shrimp and Tasso Henican was superb and by far the best of the bunch.
Entrees were Bourbon Lacquered Quail, Griddle Seared Gulf Fish, Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish and Louisiana Sportsman's Brunch (a poached duck's egg and slow braised duck debris over roasted pecan griddle cakes with Muscadine preserves and duck fat hollandaise). Our favorites were the quail and the pecan crusted fish. The quail was stuffed with Louisiana Blue Crab and cornbread and served with Creole choucroute, cranberry-Grand Marnier syrup and Knob Creek Bourbon-sugar cane lacquer. The pecan crusted fish was drum with jumbo lump crabmeat poached in champagne and topped with crushed corn sauce and spiced pecans.
Because of the amount of food in the first two courses, desserts are close to overkill. But we soldiered on and had them anyway. The Creole Bread Pudding Souffle with whiskey sauce is a CP classic. Jack Daniels Dark Chocolate Torte is rich and so, so chocolat-y! Pecan Pie a la Mode was wonderful. But, the clear winner was Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake, a huge slice of light be incredibly rich creamy delight. Oh, so good.
We always ask for and are accomodated with seating in the upstairs Garden Room. The jazz trio, the balloons on each chair and the large, open room make brunch at CP one of the classic New Orleans experiences.