6078 Laurel Street
New Orleans, LA 70118-5726
Patois is well known among the locals and so I was determined to come here for dinner. Given my hectic eating out schedule, I could only squeeze in a lunch and so please keep in mind that this review is for their lunch menu and that their dinner menu is completely different.
I’ve eaten at over 12 restaurants this week and my dining companion and I agreed that this bread was the best out of all the restaurants we had been to. It had a biscuit composition but more of a sourdough flavor. Very nice!
A friend from the kitchen mentioned that the gnocchi is one of the best things on the menu. So when I saw it on the lunch menu, I pounced at the chance. It was quite good; dissolving in my mouth! The gnocchi had Louisiana crawfish, local edamame, and mascarpone cheese. I like that the kitchen strives to use local ingredients and support the local economy/community.
Joe had the crispy pork chop. I forgot that sometimes non-asian people call “donkatsu,” “crispy pork chop.” so this dish probably wasn’t the best choice for us. Joe commented that the pork chop was too thick (asian preparation: pork gets tenderized with a meat pounder). I tried some and thought that batter was pretty good (asian preparation: panko bread crumbs).
my friend from the kitchen also mentioned the Patois burger so I started off with the house ground chuck, gruyere cheese, fried vidalia onion and Patois sauce. The Patois sauce was heavenly (not sure if I was picking up on hints of caramelized onion or if it was just from the fried onion rings). the burger was tender and the sauce made it amazing! I liked the bread a lot as well (unlike other places where they use store bought bread that subtracts from the quality of the entire burger. bread matters, people!)
This dessert sounded like it had the most chocolate and so I went with it. It was essentially a Snickers bar deconstructed with brown sugar cake, caramel chocolate mousse, chocolate sorbet, salted caramel , chocolate sauce and peanuts. I did think this dessert reminded me of a snickers bar, but way better! I especially liked that the chocolate sorbet was frozen, adding another dimension to the dessert.