Pastry Chef Lisa Gustafson and Partner Leon Touzet of Patois - New Orleans, LA

6078 Laurel Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 895-9441
Hours: Wed-Thu 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun 10:30am-2pm

In five short years, Patois has become an Uptown haunt, a favorite among locals, visitors, and starlets alike. The restaurant, the food, and its chef represent everything exciting about the New Orleans dining scene and the city’s newest generation of chefs. Opened in 2007 by Chef Aaron Burgau and brothers Leon and Pierre Touzet—our 2012 Rising Star Restaurateur trio—Patois has the graceful, cozy charm of Old New Orleans. Think white tablecloths, local art, tight quarters, and worn wooden chairs. The food at Patois comes from of a newly minted ecosystem of chefs, local farmers, and fisherman, a fresh take on truly New Orleans cuisine. Burgau looks to historic recipes, his Louisiana heritage, and nearby agricultural bounty for inspiration. Desserts from Pastry Chef Lisa Gustafson are richly local affairs, too. Her menu stars pain perdu, bread pudding, all manners of chocolate, and the perfection that is a Ponchatoula strawberry.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Crispy Kobe Beef Belly, Sweet Onion-Herb Salad, Lime, and Soy-Ginger Dressing
  • Pan-seared Snowy Grouper, Crispy Parsnips, Spinach, and Pernod-scented Leek and Fennel Oyster Stew
  • Bitter Sweet Chocolate Budino, Coffee Chantilly, and Chocolate Cigarette
  • Coconut Semifreddo, Coconut Kettle Corn, Spiced Rum Caramel, and Bruléed Bananas

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