Weekly Dish: Chocolate Marquise at Purloo

Kim Ranjbar

Located in Central City right next to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Purloo features Southern regional fare in a modern atmosphere with an awesome, 20-seat exhibition kitchen so you can watch the chefs work their magic firsthand. Chef and owner Ryan Hughes has earned his chops in some of New Orleans’ most well-known restaurants including Emeril’s Delmonico, Brennan’s and Cafe Degas.

Though people don’t often indulge in dessert during their lunch hour, it would be a mistake to miss out on Hughes’ Chocolate Marquise with pecans, candied orange peel, sea salt and whipped cream. The candied orange peel makes the creamy, rich chocolate stand out on your tongue, encouraging one to devour every last bite. You may have to restrain yourself from licking the plate …