Review: The Court of Two Sisters

Have you ever entered a room and felt that you were in a special place?

Going inside cathedrals often makes me feel that way. I’m not religious but the beauty of the buildings always take my breath away.

Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

Enjoying my brunch at The Court of Two Sisters

That’s how I felt when I walked into the Court of Two Sisters for brunch. I was in a special place.

Founded in 1886, the Court of Two Sisters was founded by Emma and Bertha – two sisters who were from an aristocratic Creole family who lead the way in the latest Parisian fashions.

The style left behind by the sisters can be seen in the restaurant today, as it is an elegant and classy place.

Atmosphere at The Court of Two Sisters

Housed down a narrow alley and through some wrought iron gates, you step back in time entering the Court of Two Sisters. A world away from America, you feel as though you’ve entered a little European haven.

Entrance to The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

The entrance to The Court of Two Sisters

The front room is decorated in true Parisian style with crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and perfectly folded napkins.

Dining room at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

The dining room at The Court of Two Sisters

Out the back of the restaurant is a charming courtyard, completed with the tinkling noise of a waterfall and shade provided by a canopy of twisted vines.

Unfortunately when we went, which was at the beginning of November, it was too cold to enjoy the courtyard and we had to sit indoors. I can imagine it’s the perfect place to eat in the spring or autumn though, when the weather’s not too hot.

The Courtyard at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

The courtyard at The Court of Two Sisters

The indoor seating area didn’t disappoint however.

Making the most of the courtyard, large glass doors let in sunlight from the outside area and high ceilings and a mirrored panel along the wall gave the feeling the room was larger than it was.

The best part of the entire brunch was that there were jazz musicians playing for us throughout the meal. It seems in New Orleans you can’t go anywhere without hearing music and the musical trio was the perfect accompaniment to our classy brunch.

Jazz band at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

Jazz band at The Court of Two Sisters

Service at The Court of Two Sisters

As soon as we entered the restaurant at the Court of Two Sisters we were greeted warmly by the hostess. Our waiter seated us and was charming and attentive throughout the whole meal, smiling and cracking jokes with us.

He also took a photo of us without us even asking – he saw the camera on our table and made the most of the opportunity.

Dave and I at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

I can’t fault the service at all.

Food at The Court of Two Sisters

I’m not one for eating buffet food. The thought of it sometimes turns my stomach because you don’t know whether the food is fresh or has been sitting out for hours on end.

So even though lots of people had told us about how wonderful The Court of Two Sister’s brunch is, I was a little dubious because it’s a buffet menu.

Buffet selection The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

Some of the buffet selection at The Court of Two Sisters

But I had no reason to worry – due to the restaurant’s popularity, the cooking staff were continuously replacing the food and the buffet’s hot and cold stations meant the dishes were kept at the right temperatures.

The food itself was some of the best I tasted during our six month road trip though North America. Southern USA food has a tendency to be deep-fried and fatty but the Court of Two Sister’s has more of the traditional Creole twist and the ingredients were light and fresh.

Corn bread at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

Cornbread!

My favourite was the chicken curry (I think I had three helpings) and although it sounds strange as a brunch item it was delicious!

There was also a lot of seafood on the menu like fresh prawns and crawfish pasta salad which was devine.

Seafood at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

My seafood serving

And for those with the sweet tooth the dessert items do not disappoint. I had the Oreo cake and it was scrumptious! It had just the right amount of fluffiness and it wasn’t overly sweet.

Oreo chocolate cake The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

Who doesn’t like Oreo cake?!

Drinks at The Court of Two Sisters

Perhaps the only disappointing part of the meal at The Court of Two Sisters was the coffee. In typical American style it was drip coffee and although we could drink as much as we wanted, it would’ve been nice to have been able to order a cappuccino.

Coffee at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

The coffee… it looked as good as it tasted

But Americans never seem to have real coffee machines and espressos and ‘real’ coffees are hard to come by in the states. Although considering the restaurant has a French influence it would’ve been nice to have drunk an espresso.

The freshly-squeezed juices were delicious though – I had the orange juice and it still had the pulp in it, just the way I like it.

Overall thoughts on The Court of Two Sisters

If you want a great dining experience in New Orleans, you have to reserve a table at The Court of Two Sisters.

Of all the restaurants we ate at during our time there, The Court of Two Sisters was by far the best.

Mantlepiece at The Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

The mantelpiece at The Court of Two Sisters – decorated in autumn / winter decorations

The food was fresh and tasty, the service was impeccable and I don’t think you could beat the beauty and charm of your surroundings – not to mention the kind of atmosphere created by a jazz trio serenading you while you eat your brunch!

Dave enjoying the music at the Court of Two Sisters Double-Barrelled Travel

We were given two complimentary buffet brunches at The Court of Two Sisters. But the food was seriously good and all opinions are our own!

What you need to know:

Location: The Court of Two Sisters is located in the French Quarter in New Orleans. The address is 613 Royal Street (between Toulouse and St. Peters Street).

Reservations: I’d recommend you make a reservation, especially if you want to visit on the weekend or during the spring or autumn – I’m sure it gets very busy. You can call (504) 522-7261 to book a table.

Price: The buffet costs US$47.27 per adult which is a little dear but I think it’s certainly worth it. We spent two hours there and didn’t eat for the rest of the day because we were so full.

Hours:  The Jazz Brunch is on daily from 9am-3pm. You can also enjoy a Creole a la Carte Dinner which is served nighly between 5:30pm-10pm.

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Carmen has been nomadic since May 2013 and the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel. She loves experiencing new cultures and learning new languages. She is having the most fun when skiing down a mountain, scuba diving in the Caribbean or curled up with a good book.

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