Restaurant: Martinique Bistro
Brother O’Mara sold his old bike the other day, and we both got new ones in the last week, so we decided to go have a nice dinner last night in celebration of two-wheeliness. Choosing rather randomly from our list of to-eat places, we ended up at Martinique Bistro on Magazine street. An associate of Brother O’Mara’s has said that this is the closest thing to an authentic French bistro New Orleans has to offer, and after enjoying a relaxed, slow-paced weeknight dinner there, I’m tempted to agree.
We sat outside, despite the threat of rain, on a patio surrounded with plants, tiny sparkling lights, and flowing water. The service was just the way I like it–attentive and knowledgeable, but not pandering and hover-y. The menu was gorgeous, and the wine list had a tremendous selection of stuff by the glass, by the bottle, and by the half-bottle (much of it imported by Brother O’Mara’s company, holla).
Here’s a rundown of what we enjoyed (forgive the incomplete descriptions of what we ate–I didn’t make a point of remembering verbatim because I knew the menu was online. Turns out it was last autumn’s menu and was not quite the same):
Wine: 1/2 bottle 2002 Muga Rioja Reserva
Appetizer: Handmade gnocchi with shallots, mushrooms, cured ham, and cream sauce
Entree: Pork loin with Steen’s cane syrup/apricot sauce, chive mashed potatoes, and haricots verts
Dessert: Profiteroles filled with Guinness ice cream, topped with Bailey’s and Jameson sauces
Wine: Glass of Sancerre
Appetizer: Pecan-crusted goat cheese served over field greens with raspberry dressing
Entree: Seared scallops served over spinach, goat cheese grits, and creamy corn
Dessert: Black forest cookie sandwiches filled with black pepper-cherry ice cream
Everything was supremely delicious, and since our server didn’t hurry us at all, we were able to enjoy each course with a little break in between. The highlight for me was the black pepper-cherry ice cream. The pepper really stood out, but blended so well with the creamy cherry flavor. Brother O’Mara says he enjoyed his entree best of all.
This is definitely on the list of places to go whenever we have guests. I’d be perfectly happy going simply for wine, appetizers, and dessert. Anytime.