One of New Orleans’ most acclaimed and legendary restaurants, Herbsaint, by Chef Donald Link, calls on visitors to experience their delicious and innovative French-American fare. Part of Chef Link’s group of esteemed eateries, Herbsaint is one of the originals which helped to put New Orleans on the global culinary map. Dinner here is an event to remember and helps define, for its diners, what modern New Orleans cuisine is all about.
Like other restaurants in the same family, Herbsaint offers a small, yet well-curated menu of appetizers, small plates, main courses, sides and dessert. There is always a gumbo of the day on offer as well as fantastic salads like: seasonal greens with figs and gorgonzola, jumbo lump crab with watermelon gazpacho and more. Main courses are the star, though, making it very difficult to choose between dishes like: citrus glazed jumbo shrimp with cajun rice, lamb and mushroom lasagna or slow-roasted Kurobuta pork belly.
Yes, there are typical Southern influences in the food here, but there is so much more – leaning heavy into Italian flavors that will leave you wanting to return over and over again. I particularly love the house-made spaghetti with guanciale (Italian cured meat) and fried-poached farm egg. For dessert, you cannot skip the banana brown butter tart with fleur de sel caramel – you just might be up all night on a sugar high after eating it.
Please do not miss this restaurant when visiting NOLA, it’s a staple and one of those places that will help you understand the city just that much better.