After consuming copious amounts of fried crayfish, chargrilled oysters, fried chicken and gumbo, it was a relief to walk into Bourbon House in New Orleans. Located on the corner of Bourbon and Iberville St. and (or a block off of Canal Street), Bourbon House is a seafood / oyster bar. Bourbon House flaunts a delicious seasonal menu. What does that mean for potential diners? If it’s not in season, you won’t find it on the menu.
It is a fairly large restaurants with floor to ceiling windows that overlook both Bourbon Street and Iberville Street. Dishes are authentically ‘New Orleans’ featuring classic creole-esque flavours. Being called Bourbon House also means that it flaunts an impressive Bourbon menu with over 100 American Whiskeys on the list as well as a classic “Bourbon Milk Punch” – which let me tell you is worth ordering (multiple if you have room).
So starting off with my drink of choice – the Bourbon Milk Punch or the Root Beer Bourbon Milk Punch Float. This being my third trip to New Orleans, let me tell you that I am sad that this is the first time that I tried this deliciousness. I adore the mint julep, however, the Milk Punch Float is a grown up version of the childhood ice cream floats I used to have. The bourbon is smooth and not overpowering and it really does taste like a smooth, creamy, mixed, root beer float. I highly recommend it. It may look ordinary, however, it is a restaurant and New Orleans classic. A must try!
Moving on to the menu, it is extensive and amazing. Though Bourbon House features a bit of an expensive price tag, it is well worth it. I cannot say a single bad thing about anything we ordered that night. For starters, we had the ‘Fruits de Mer” (which feeds 3 – 4 people), the two tiered fresh seafood platter which hosted all three of their delicious and light seafood salads to the oysters with caviar, this was amazing. I think, however, that this is more than filling and we probably could’ve done without two of our entrées because of it. If the full tower seems like a bit of a stretch, I highly recommend ordering a seafood salad or the bourbon BBQ shrimp which were also amazing. Sadly I didn’t manage to take a picture of the shrimp.
For entrees, we decided on the lamb, the Catfish Pecan, and the Paneed Veal and Crab. Out of the three, the lamb and shrimp were by far the two favourites. However, the entire meal was phenomenal. I’m not sure if it was because we were so hungry or if we were simply tired of Cajun and fried foods, but I loved everything we ordered. If you want to see the menu, you can check that out here.
Service wise, our server was friendly, cheerful and talkative. She was more than happy to tell us how the milk punch was made, what type of bourbon you could use to make it and where to buy said bourbons if you wanted to bring some home with you. She gave us menu suggestions and Bourbon suggestions and overall the service was great.
My thoughts? If you only plan on having one ‘more expensive’ dinner, go to Bourbon House. This foodie was in paradise there. P.S.: if you’re not from in town, make resos via OpenTable – just be sure to check on whether or not you made them for CST or PST, etc…
For a full take on what the restaurant has to offer, be sure to check out their website.
Food: 9.5/10 – this could be higher but I’ve never been a huge fan of veal
144 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Monday – Friday 11:30am – 12:00am
Saturday – Sunday 10:30am – 12:00am
Until next time,