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Drop everything, and book a ticket to New Orleans, right now!

If only that was possible, I would do it in a heartbeat. We’ve just returned from a visit to Royal Sonesta New Orleans for my Sonesta Hotels blogging and social media work, and we want to go back ASAP.

As part of our stay, we were treated to a tour of the hotel’s fine dining establishment, Restaurant R’Evolution, followed by a delicious dinner at the restaurant’s bar, always our first option when dining out.

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Restaurant R’evolution celebrates five years this year, and its creative approach to Cajun and Creole cuisine has made it a New Orleans favorite, in a city that is absolutely teeming with great restaurants. Our behind-the-scenes tour was an incredible glimpse into some of the restaurant’s amazing spaces, including this custom-built wine cellar. Walls of wine went on-and-on, holding 10,000 bottles, 10,000 reasons for Wine Enthusiast  to name the restaurant as one of their top 100 wine restaurants.

Restaurant R’evolution

The entirety of Restaurant R’Evolution is truly special, but they offer some extra special dining areas, including the chef’s table, where all of the seats face the action.

Restaurant R’evolution

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Several private dining areas are available, and we’ve heard they attract some pretty A-list guests. We certainly felt like VIPs the entire time we were at Restaurant R’Evolution, and by taking in everything around us, noticed that every guest was treated that way.

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When it came to our own dining, we were brought to comfy seats at the romantic, dimly lit bar, which was once a carriage way; the floor tiles still match those of the sidewalk outside.

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I loved how special this bar felt, upscale yet super comfortable and relaxed at the same time. Excellent bar staff made us craft cocktails (I love my wine, but when in New Orleans, we were all about trying cocktails.)

We also absolutely had to try the restaurant’s famous “Death by Gumbo” which is made up of Roasted Quail, Andouille, Oysters, Filé Rice and presented beautifully with the broth poured over.

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This was absolutely to-die-for. So rich and flavorful. Note that we shared an order, and they kindly split it for us.

We also shared Beer Battered Crab Beignets and an order of fries, because good fries are my favorite food. These did not disappoint! The beignets were heavenly bites of seafood presented with remoulades.

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We could have easily relaxed at that bar for the whole night, but we had big plans at The Jazz Playhouse right next door. More to come on that, but if you get to New Orleans, I recommend doing exactly what we did and making a night of it at Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

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We were hosted by Royal Sonesta New Orleans, however, I was not required to write about the experience for my own blog. All opinions are my own.

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Barbara Lynch strikes again. As though it wasn’t enough that she delighted us with the best oysters at B & G Oyster or perfection in charcuterie at The Butcher Shop or special nights out at No. 9 Park or the whimsy of her mixologists at Drink (not to mention Stir and 9 at Home), but she really hits one out of the park with her latest restaurant, the fine dining wonder, Menton, in her Fort Point complex. Sleek, elegant, and comfortable, Menton is a glammed up dining experience that we Bostonians mightn’t be totally accustomed to, but I think we will learn pretty quickly to love it. ;)

Menton is decorated in muted grays, blacks, and whites, with some funky touches that make it feel modern and approachable.

Menton Boston Lobby

 

Menton Boston

I was excited to dress up for an evening out and even more excited to see a dining room of dressed up people.

I started with a glass of sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. You can see my husband’s Vieux Carre cocktail in the photo as well :)

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Menton menu

Menton menu

Our team of impeccable servers brought an amuse of asparagus, cream, and a toasty parmesan top.

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We were offered bread between each course, and we started with honey croissants with fresh butter. I could have made an entire meal of these, but limited myself to just one sweet, buttery bite.

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Menton operates on a prix fixe menu or tasting menu only, and we opted for the prix fixe. I started with a meaty crab salad.

Menton crab salad

My second course was an artichoke velouté, a creamy, silky artichoke soup with summer truffles and crispy artichoke chips that melted right into the creaminess.

artichoke veloute

The options for the third course were duck, veal sweetbreads, or beef, but when I asked our server if I could substitute a second course for the third, they happily obliged and brought one of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten. Flaky, buttery halibut was served with fava beans and a rich but light broth.

Menton halibut

For my final course, dessert, I had the coffee caramel parfait  which included a buttery financier cookie, coffee pearls, chocolate ganache, and a ball of ice cream dusted in cocoa. To accompany the dessert, my husband ordered a 1980 Warre Port which we shared. It was a sweet and delicious addition to our desserts. Although all of the portions seemed small, I left this meal completely full.

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1980 Warre Port

The final special touch of the night was the bowl of mini macarons that was presented with our check. In flavors such as a zesty pink peppercorn, basil, black olive, and traditional vanilla, these mini macarons were enough for dessert in themselves, and despite having already eaten decadent desserts, we finished off the bowl. The pink peppercorn was incredible! Peppery all the way to the back of the throat, with a tiny bit of sweetness, these macarons were unlike any dessert I have ever eaten.

Menton Macarons

Menton is opulent, sleek, beautifully decorated and well stocked with expert servers. More importantly, it serves quintessential Barbara Lynch cuisine, high quality, satisfying portions, of fresh, delicious, and fun food. If tonight, a night before they are even officially open, is any indication of the success of Menton, I predict it will be close to impossible to get a table for at least the first year. Plan ahead for special occasions, and make your way over to this Fort Point gem.

My ALLY Foundation raffle closes at 12:00 Eastern today! You can still donate through May 2010, but the chance to win fun prizes will end today.

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