I’m continuing my COOLinary New Orleans odyssey where you can get a 3 course dinner for $39 or less during the month of August. It is a perfect way to try out new restaurants or enjoy old favorites.
For dinner last night, I was able to go to Gabrielle Restaurant with my friends and local authors JM Redmann and Gillian Rodger. It is a small cottage in the Treme serving contemporary Creole cuisine. Gabrielle is a fairly casual place, where the bartender wandered to the planters out front to pick more mint for cocktails like the one I ordered:
It is called the JeniSu and is made of gin, champagne, mint syrup and lime. Very refreshing.
I neglected to get a picture of their starter of sea scallop wrapped in duck bacon!
My first course was meatballs three ways: Cajun duck, Italian veal, Greek lamb. Lovely flavor on each with rich sauces, too.
I ordered the Viennese Wienerschnitzel – crispy breaded veal over grilled eggplant. Yes, please!
Jean had the jambalaya – so much beautiful seafood!
Gillian had the fish filet served over a crabcake:
There were just as many varied dessert options as for the main course and they were all delicious. Jean had the chocolate pecan pie. It look very tasty.
Gillian had the bread pudding but the picture was blurry – sorry!
I had a bourbon milk punch with two moon pies. They call it shooting the moon and it was a smooth finish for a terrific evening.
For fine, casual dining Gabrielle will definitely go on my list of places to return. Everyone was friendly and attentive although they were super fast to clear plates so I left some of the delicious meatball sauce behind.
All in all, Greg and Mary and Gabrielle Sonnier have crafted a welcoming restaurant with a rich menu and ambiance that totally hit the spot. Thanks so much to Jean and Gillian for a wonderful experience.
2441 Orleans Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119