Tucked away from the frenetic that is Bourbon Street but just by a block or two is Bayona, Chef Susan Spicer’s local gem. The waiting / cocktail porch was matched to and equally intimate courtyard, properly lit and landscaped and served as a mood-maker for the meal that would follow.
Directed by our concierge with some entrée coaching in advance, our meal at Bayona was all that and then some. The signature shrimp with a black bean cake arrived with the bean element a silky foil to the perfectly cooked shrimp. While we were tempted to order the sweatbreads (a signature) we instead ordered the rabbit which was prepared that evening with a loin and a leg and finished with a sauce that paired so well it was magical.
We noticed a healthy-portioned quail salad on a nearby table as well as a duck breast entrée – so the kitchen is well accustomed to preparing game.
White tables, house baked breads, and first class and friendly table tending were the order of the day as well as a sturdy wine list with price points for everyone.
This restaurant works well for couples or for a celebration of the intimate and classy element that lives in New Orleans. Save the frenetic for Bourbon Street and drift up to cozy, comfortable, cool and classy that is Bayona.
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