Not long after it opened, so I’m months behind in posting it here, we dined at Shaya on Magazine in New Orleans. There’s hardly a food award of note Alon and his restaurant haven’t won this year: James Beard Best Chef South, Eater Awards National, Esquire’s Best New Restaurant – lots of other honors.
This oven is where the pita magic happens.
duck matzah ball soup with escarole
Persian rice – crispy on the outside and soft inside
and one of the best things I’ve ever eaten: curried fried cauliflower with caramelized onions and cilantro. How can one say that hummus of all things is one of the best things ever? Because this one *is*:
Perfection. The space is clean lines and comfortable — not staid — and children welcome (it was Shug who scarfed down the matzah ball soup and both boys (of course) inhaled every last crumb of pita). Best to order several items here and eat family-style so everyone can share. And we did. Delicious.
Thinking Alon’s recipe for whole roasted cauliflower with whipped goat cheese deserves a place on the Thanksgiving table this year.