Root is a new restaurant in the city's happening Warehouse District, which is just a few minutes' walk from the French Quarter (across Canal).
I had a simply incredible meal here. The restaurant is only eight weeks old and there were just two tables there the whole night. That's a darn shame, because this is a restaurant worth screaming from the rooftops about.
We started off with the menage a foie, which was foie gras prepared three ways. I loved the torchon of foie gras rolled in watermelon pop rocks and then wrapped with foie gras cotton candy. I don't know how they put meat into a cotton candy machine, but it all totally worked together. The watermelon pop rocks went really well with it all. The dish also came with foie pastrami with carmelized fennel and a foie peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with brioche.
Also had a beet salad with a few long bits of guanciale, which is an uncured Italian bacon from pig cheeks. Salad was nicely put together with raspberries and blue cheese chunks. Totally rocked.
The main course was pork belly. Yes, pork belly is totally overdone in restaurants (as is foie) but I really liked the preparation: sous vide and then charred. It wasn't too mushy or fatty, but super tender and flavorful. It was served with eggplant puree, beet greens and the best part -- Figs!
The best course were tender and meaty scallops. These guys were like two inches thick. They were served in a cigar box, and right before they brought it out they had a machine pump cigar smoke into the box, so you open the box and this giant cloud of cigar smoke comes out right in your face, haha.
We had a meyer lemon trio for dessert, with lemon macarons, lemon ice cream in a pistachio cookie sandwich and lemon curd with a cardamom yogurt.
I had two glasses of Spanish red wine and my date had two cocktails. Total bill was $130. Absolutely worth every dollar.
Very playful menu, inventive and flavorful. The decor was perfect and the service was flawless.