A vegan restaurant masquerading as a cocktail lounge inside a hip hotel close to the French Quarter
|Location:||Catahoula Hotel, 914 Union Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112|
|Hours:||5 – 10 pm daily
5 – 7 pm happy hour every day
|Type:||Plant-based vegan Southeast Asian food|
|Prices:||Relatively inexpensive food – about $6 to $11|
Since arriving in New Orleans I had subjected my body to largely a diet of carbohydrates and stodge, so I was in desperate need of something different and nutritional so I was delighted to discover a write up on a vegan eatery called Piscobar Kitchen.
Piscobar is located inside the Catahoula Hotel on Union Street, just a few minutes walk from New Orleans’ French Quarter. The hotel itself looked interesting, I believe it is a 2 star rated boutique hotel with 35 rooms. I have made a mental note to stay there on a future trip to New Orleans.
The Piscobar is a cocktail bar that serves food. It is pleasantly decorated with some exposed brickwork that gives it a rustic touch and a sharp contrast to the black and white floor tiles. The inside seating is limited to a few small tables, but there is an outside seating area in a cosy courtyard.
There were not of options on the menu so I went for the Nighthawk Dumplings ($6); four steamed and crispy dumplings filled with cabbage, shiitake, tofu, and carrots with a citrus-soy sauce to start and for my entrée, I opted for the Lemongrass Curry ($10); a full-sized portion of spicy, fragrant yellow lemongrass curry with cauliflower and braised chickpeas served over basmati rice. I was quite tempted by having a cocktail – but true to form I settled for a chocolatey oatmeal stout. Which turned out to be a mighty fine choice!
It was a quiet Monday night in New Orleans so my food arrived in no time at all. It is a long time since I had tried Asian dumplings – probably since I had changed to a plant-based diet – which is crazy because they are inherently vegan. I loved them and was sorry I had not included them in my diet sooner.
For my main course, I had the lemongrass curry, which was tasty and not overly powerful in terms of “heat”. I usually opt for hot when I have an Asian dish – but this can overpower any delicate flavouring – so I was pleased the chef had toned down the spices.
The portions for both dishes were not huge but were adequate and I didn’t leave feeling disappointed with the quality of the food, the taste or the portion sizes. So, a good night – and the stout was excellent!