New Orleans may not be directly associated with French cuisine, but the city boasts some great French fare in restaurants around the city. One such spot is Lilette on Magazine St, a quaint bistro with a fantastic food and wine menu, perfect for both lunch and dinner. Lilette is consistently ranked at the top of New Orleans restaurant lists by both critics and locals, and it would be a perfect spot to try some different foods when you visit the city.
Chef and owner John Harris is dedicated to finding the freshest seasonal ingredients available, so the special menu offerings may change at times. This allows for a fresh experience each time you visit. His French and Italian-inspired cuisine has been carefully crafted to bring out the best flavors in each component for a complex and delectable menu.
Their lunch menu reads like a portion of a dinner menu at any upscale restaurant. Notable appetizers include such creative dishes as fried shishito peppers with lemon and steamed littleneck clams with marsala, grilled onions and kale pesto bruschetta. They have a variety of delectable soups and salads, sandwiches like a seared Kobe burger with fries and gremolata and entrée choices like braised chicken leg with braised escarole and a white wine mustard thyme jus.
For dinner, you can enjoy appetizers like duck confit with arugula and Banylus vinaigrette and white truffle parmigiano toast with wild mushrooms, marrow and veal glace. For a soup, their offerings include a San Marzano tomato soup with gnocchetti, kale, squash and fried brussel sprouts and a salad of Tuscan kale, fennel, carrot, pickled peppers, mint, pistachio and Pecorino Toscano. As an entrée, you can pass up the French-inspired roasted Muscovy duck breast with cauliflower polonaise, sautéed spinach and a toasted shallot sauce or the sautéed spiced drum with artichoke, roasted tomato haricots verts and lemon-oregano yogurt.
Their dessert menu aims to please as well. Nutella custard with fleur de sel, caramel cream and chocolate-hazelnut brittle and chocolate brioche bread pudding with Earl Grey ice cream and orange caramel will round out a perfect meal served by a top of the line waiting staff in a lovely setting you won’t soon forget.
Lilette is located at 3637 Magazine St between Louisiana and Napoleon. Reservations are recommended. Complete the night by stopping in for a after dinner drink at the Columns and watch the streetcar go by.