I am putting these two restaurants in one review because they have the same owners and for me, feel very similar. I know I will have many who disagree, but of all the restaurants I want to in New Orleans, these two were the least interesting. They were very loud, hip places, which is not my fave type of ambiance, and the food was very hit and miss.
First Peche. We got a wine at the bar while we waited for our table to be ready. The bartender, in spite of a full bar, was very helpful and suggested a great wine by the glass. After being seated, we ordered the appetizers, oysters and a smoked fish. The smoked fish was very good! Reminded me the smoked fish we had at Row34 in Boston. The oysters were disappointing. This part may or may not be fair, but I’m used to oyster that taste of the sea, and for me, large oysters are for barbecuing. These oysters tasted of water and my husband refused to eat the large ones. We sent most of the back. I think the waitress could have given us more guidance in ordering.
My main course was a whole fish, which was very, very good! My husband liked his catfish, but I thought it was little on the bland side.
The side of brussel sprouts was a disappointment - way too vinegar-y.
After places like Angelines, Coquettes, and even Toups Meatery, I had high expectations for Cochon. It did not meet them.
Started with a pork cheek, which was just okay.
I would not normally order this, but we had an amazing version at Coquette the night before, so we got the blue crab rice. It was on the chewy side and nowhere near as good as Coquette’s version.
As a main, I ordered the boudin with cracklins on top. The oversalted cracklins were good but the boudin was stringy not worth eating.
Husband had the rabbit dish.
The best dish was the dessert but we ordered that mostly because we hadn’t eaten much of the rest of the meal.
I know people love these places and the waitress at Brigstens explained that in New Orleans, it was hard to find food that was lighter, which is why she liked these places so much. For me, if I’m going to eat boudin, I’d go to Angeline and go elsewhere for lighter cuisine.