Courtesy of Commander's Palace
Superb historic restaurant in the heart of the Garden District
Popular plate: The tangy, delicious turtle soup and perfectly conceived Creole bread pudding soufflé are not to be missed.
Tipple of choice: The cocktails are expertly crafted - try their signature drink, the Saint 75, which is a refreshing spin on the classic French 75.
To dine at Commander's Palace in the heart of the historic Garden District - surrounded by the opulent mansions of mighty, rich Southern families and served by immaculately dressed waiters - is tantamount to time travel to a bygone era.
Widely considered one of America's finest restaurants, the quality of the cuisine here lives up to the superlative reputation, with top-quality local ingredients are turned into classic Louisiana dishes with enough originality and inventiveness to make the restaurant a household name in New Orleans.
We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh and meaty local white shrimps, which were well-seasoned and cleverly paired with baby bok choy and fennel, while the seasonal Farmer's Market salad is everything you'd dreamed it would be: baby beets combined with strawberries for a carefully constructed and memorably flavoursome salad.
There are several dining rooms including an upstairs terrace, and the grand, pastel blue wooden building is matched by the elegant formality inside. This is true foodie dining with the wow-factor.