I recently went with friends to N7. We arrived at 6pm promptly, and the wooden door opened slowly. The jewel of a restaurant is hidden behind a big fence. You enter through a weighted gate in to a beautiful, garden and restaurant setting that is priceless. Both the waitress and the Bartender also work at Faubourge Wine Shop around the corner. It was nice to see familiar faces.
Filmmaker Aaron Walker and chef Yuki Yamaguchi founded N7, and N7 offers French cuisine, with a Japanese flare. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a bar. The beautiful building was previously home to a tire shop and was once a stable for carriage horses.N7’s name derives from Nationale 7 (N7), the highway that once ran from Paris to the border of Italy. Known as the “Route des Vacances”, vacationing Parisians would take the road on their way South. Along the way, the Michelin Guide would direct them to the mom and pop restaurants, which began to appear in farmhouses and hotels along the way to cater to them. Hence the origin of the Michelin Star.
N7’s menu changes as the seasons do, according to what is available from their purveyors and what grows in their garden. They offer nightly specials, which change every few days or so. The chalkboard gives a sample night. They generally serve family style for the entire table. They do not course their dishes, but let them flow from the kitchen, as they are ready. If you want your meal coursed or want your dishes served all at once, please alert your server. Their extensive wine list is focused on small European winemakers who use to a natural, handmade approach to winemaking with little or no added sulfites, natural yeasts and the use of no pesticides.
The food was good, but the place is heaven.
1117 Montegut Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117 No phone.
Fri and Sat 6pm-11pm
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