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Saturday, June 5, 2021

BARU: A Latin Caribbean Restaurant | New Orleans, Louisiana

Not Sponsored: My boyfriend and I recently celebrated being together for one year (June 1st). We had planned on eating at one restaurant, but unfortunately the environment around that restaurant has drastically changed (so we changed our minds). We decided to pick a restaurant on Magazine Street. You guys know last year, we tried a couple of restaurants on this beautiful thoroughfare and I promised I would patronize more. BARU, caught our eye. People sitting outside looked peaceful, content and (most of all) enjoying their food. We both agreed, we should eat there. We didn't have a reservation (and it was busy), but the hostess gave us a great big SMILE/WELCOME and found the perfect spot for us. A couple had just finished eating outside, which led to the perfect table for us. I really love the ambiance of BARU. It's intimate (small). Its minimal. You get personalized attention. They treat you like family. If you're looking for another restaurant that gives you this kind of personalized attention, let me recommend Tito's Ceviche & Pisco, which is also on Magazine Street. The food at BARU is really good! It's considered a Latin and Caribbean Restaurant. My boyfriend is Danish, Norwegian and Spaniard. I'm African American. I let him order, because he is a lot more familiar with this cuisine than I am. I'm really learning a lot about other cuisines. For appetizers, we had the Ostras Fritas (cornmeal crusted oysters cilantro alioli carmelized onions lime) and Ceviche (gulf fish, avocado, leche de tigre, sweet potatoes, red onions, cancha corn). You HAVE to order both, if you visit this restaurant. I thought I was in heaven. They are so delicious!!! I could've eaten both all night long. SO GOOD! Ceviche is also good here and here. Our entrees for dinner was the Pescado Frito (whole fried snapper, coconut rice, tostones, mango slaw) and Lechon Cubano (slow braised pulled pork, cilantro rice, black beans, maduros). I think my head was still in Cloud 9 and La La Land over the appetizers when my boyfriend ordered the entrees ... because when the waitress brought out a whole fish with the head, fin and EYES ... I was like WHAAAT? He laughs at me all the time, because I'm quick to turn my nose up at anything that's ... let's just say DIFFERENT. So then I asked him what was the other dish, he said pulled pork. I can identify with pulled pork. HaHaHa Well when he dissected the fish, the meat was so meaty and white. It was really delicious! We devoured both sides of the fish. I couldn't get over how meaty it was. Everything was delicious and well prepared. If anyone from the restaurant reads this review, I just want to give my compliments to the chef, the hostess and wait staff for a wonderful evening. We didn't get there until 7pm. They close at 9pm. They stayed open until we finished. I highly recommend them. I'll definitely visit BARU again.

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