New Orleans, so well known for her music, food, and spirits, has surprisingly few venues that offer a high quality sampling of all three. One of these rare places is The Bombay Club, a lovely candlelit spot tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter at 830 Conti Street. Although the club is located just a short half-block from the infamous Bourbon Street, its ambiance is miles away.
The Bombay Club is decorated in a plush British theme, with overstuffed leather wingback chairs, rich wood, and fine portraits, and features a lovely small courtyard. It feels like a living room—albeit a slightly finer living room than most of us are lucky enough to experience. In one corner of the small club, live music is played nightly.
The Bombay Club is also beloved for the delicious Nouveau Creole food prepared by Executive Chef Nick Gile. Chef Gile's food has received accolades from local reviewer Tom Fitzmorris, as well as from national sources such as Sante Magazine and MSNBC.com. It's a pleasure to find food as well crafted as this, even in a city renowned for its food.
A leather bound martini list contains over 100 different specialty martinis, each stirred—not shaken—to perfection by veteran bartenders. An extensive selection of single malt scotches, cordials and cognacs, ports, single barrel bourbons, and even grappas can be found behind the handsome wooden bar. Several quality wines are offered by the glass as well.