Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jolie in Lafayette

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro
507 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA

Lunch Tuesday to Friday 11 AM - 2 PM

Last year returning from a food show I and a couple of co-workers had lunch here. While it is decorated with George Rodrigue’s work none have the blue dog. Since that is the theme at the sister restaurant it is unlikely I will dine there. I despise the blue dog paintings with a purple passion.

A plate of linen wrapped bread hit the table. It was along the line of a ciabatta and wonderfully warm and tasty. A black cherry and sage butter occupied it. The predominant flavor was cherry.

For appetizer we talked them into giving us a Charcutrie Plate normally offered at dinner. It contained crostini, pickled asparagus, an air dried sausage, and duck pate on in house pickles. Both pickled vegetables were great with a spicy kick. The pate lived up to all expectations. However the sausage was unnecessarily chewy as it was cut too thick. We also got a Roasted Duck Crepe with Boursin (a type of soft cheese) cream. They consisted of pulled duck breast, spinach and halved pear tomatoes, very nice except the sauce was bland. The fatty duck paired well against the acid of the tomato and slight bitterness of the spinach/

One fellow ordered their Caesar Salad with Sautéed Shrimp. It held romaine, argula, croutons with a creamy parmesan dressing. He seemed to enjoy it. My other companion got a house specialty. Zapps Crawtater crusted Gotreaux Tilapia with a Crawfish cream sauce and buttered broccoli. The philosophy of this venue is to source everything they can locally. Zapps of course is made in Louisiana and the tilapia is from a local organic farm that has fish ponds actually huge tanks as part of their system of farming and recycling. I got the BBQ Shrimp in an Abita beer reduction over roasted corn and smoked paprika grits. The sauce was wonderful with a trace of Worchester sauce and the grits a nice consistency with a smoky note. Unfortunately the shrimp were overcooked and rubbery

Service was good and I would return as it has a wonderful menu. Take a look into it

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