A group of six of us at at Sylvain's, giving me the opportunity to experience a wide variety of the menu, and the service. But first, let me address the setting and ambiance. You walk into the restaurant via a tiny walk-way; there's no "front door", rather a 'side hall'. As our table was close to the front windows, I can attest to how many guests were baffled as to how to enter the restaurant. They would put their faces up to the window, peering in with questioning looks. Guests who had already found their way inside would point to help new people navigate.
The restaurant consists of one interior dining room which can accomodate about 50 people, and an exterior courtyard. We didn't realize this until the end of our meal. In hindsight, we all wished we had sat outside. The courtyard is whimsical, and lovely with huge magnolias providing a natural roof. The dining room, with its hard-wood floors and tin ceiling, is a cacophony of sound. It was so loud that our server had to repeat everything. She explained the menu at one end of our six-person table, then walked to the other end and said it all over again. Needless to say, we could not have a six-person conversation at any time in the meal.
The kitchen is positioned between the dining room and the courtyard, with large windows so that courtyard guests can walch the team at-work. This arrangement is clearly a result of existing architecture - not wanting to touch the historic design and appearance of the building.
Our service was world-class. Our server could answer every question we asked - the source of the vodka, who on-staff made the charcuterie, how one pickles pumpkin - she was superb.
I had a fantastic Pisco Sour and my colleagues were equally pleased with their concoctions. Really, they were a joy.
And, the food. Ahhh, the food. Angels sang during this meal. The menu is like a jewel box of perfection.
At our server's suggestion, we ordered several of the appetizers and shared them - charcuterie, pickled eggs, pickled pumpkin, pickled okra, three types of cheeses (all three sourced from Louisiana or Mississippi artisans), chicken liver pate, eggplant, and field peas pate.
For the entrees, our group had the pan-fried pork shoulder, the daily fish special, the gulf shrimp, and the duck. All were made to perfection and absolutely delicious. We did not have any dessert - the appetizers and entrees filled us up.
Go. Enjoy. Sit outside. Have a wonderful time!
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