Not having been on previous visits, I thought I needed to visit Commander’s Palace at least once in my lifetime. While I love the history of this place and that so many chef’s have passed through and gone on to great things, it is unfortunately too touristy and felt a bit like hotel food.
Another place I felt that i had to cross off of the list having not been here on previous visits. As I was staying at the Roosevelt it was certainly convenient. At least now I can have an informed opinion that this is not the best sazerac I have ever had.
I salvaged this day with dinner at Square Root and a pre-dinner drink at the upstairs bar Root Squared. Fantastic service and descriptions of dishes as presented by the chef’s. I really enjoyed this meal tremendously from the whimsical elements like cotton candy to so many of my favorite ingredients to perhaps the perfect muffaletta.
Mussels – Watercress, Calabrian Chile
Wianno Oyster – Dill, Honey Vinegar, Horseradish
Muffaletta – ‘Nduja, Face Bacon, Olive Salad, Grana Padano
Southern Picnic – Fried Chicken, Watermelon Rind, Mustard
Pig Head – Caramelized Squid, Boiled Peanuts, Seaweed
Matsutake – Raw Lamb, Barley, Egg Yolk
Foie Gras – Parsnip, Date Leather, Vadouvan
Garden Sorrel – Oxalis, Chartreuse
Arctic Char – Onion, Sunflower, Carrot
Rohan Duck – Persimmon, Satsuma, Trimmings
Orchid Root – Muscadine, Sichuan Peppercorn, Black Locust Palm Seeds
Butternut Squash – Curry, Pecans, Raisins, Poirier’s Cane Syrup