Food: 7/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 8/10
Midwest foodie: Small plates usually aren’t my thing. When I eat, I want you to load up a dish that will make me feel uncomfortably full when I manage to finish it. Baru is a small plates spot, but I left full and satisfied. We had lamb sliders, crab cakes, ceviche, and cornmeal crusted oysters. The lamb sliders and ceviche were incredible, but I wasn’t in love with the crab cakes or oysters. Overall, this is a great spot to diversify your flavor profile in NOLA, but I’m not itching to go back just yet. One thumb up.
West Coast boozer: If you know your cocktails and are looking to know more, Baru is your spot. I got the Ponchatula Sour that had a whole bunch of a flavor and…egg whites! The bartender knows his stuff and can recommend a good drink to suit your specific tastes – but he might also talk your ear off about the drinks or something else entirely, just a heads up. My companions went safe with a Red Stripe and a sauvignon blanc but we all went home happy. A-
East Coast vibes: Miami meet New Orleans, New Orleans meet Miami. Baru is a tropical beach restaurant transplanted to this lovely city. Lots of white linen and inside/outside feels you’ll be thinking the Carribbean sea is just outside the window or just beyond the balcony that overhangs Magazine. It was a little unclear who our waiter was or whether we had one, but somehow food and drink arrived and it all felt pretty zen. Good spot for a date, a pal, a group or to show your parents something a little nicer than your local spot. 8/10