Permanently Closed - MIlkfish

4.3
52 Reviews
$30 and under
Filipino
This restaurant is permanently closed. Milkfish Restaurant represents traditional Filipino Cuisine prepared with farm to table ethics and New Orleans upscale technique and execution. Chef Cristina Quackenbush has developed this concept through more than a decade in professional restaurant service which has allowed her to represent her families recipes in an upscale setting. The menu features bold flavors, some uncommon ingredients, and diverse options. As such, we have come to characterize the cuisine as Southeast Asian Soulfood. The staff consists of hospitality professionals and the Chef and her family are excited to introduce New Orleans to Philippine Cuisine. Mabuhay, Welcome and enjoy.
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nolagal
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Milkfish has fabulously different flavors from anywhere in New Orleans. We are sad to hear that they are temporarily closing and looking for a new location. Hope to find them in pop ups for now, and then in a new location soon! Best of luck to Milkfish and its future.

MI
MILKFISH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I normally get the Spam Fried Rice, Lechon Kawali and the Sissig! The food is simply amazing and a must try if you haven't tried it before! It's just sad that their lease is up and they will be starting pop-ups again, but it would be fantastic if they will find a more permanent place because seriously their food is just AWESOME!

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vipGobee
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My SO and I visited Milkfish last Saturday night for dinner. We sat at the bar because we like to engage the staff and get to know the place on a more personal level.
We ordered starters of ceviche and lumpier, which are basically egg rolls. Both were delicious and I would definitely order them again.
We then shared a milkfish preparation in a coconut curry sauce, and served with garlic fried rice and saute' of purple cabbage. We both enjoyed the preparation but did not care so much for the fish itself as it had a large bloodline still present with gave the fish an off taste.
Other than that one little thing we had a grand time. Haley, the chef's daughter and Randy were gracious and enjoyable to talk to.
I'd definitely go back...I probably would not order a milkfish dish though....

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My kare kare was kinda salty, they should have put the shrimp paste on the side, and the Bicol express would be better if its kinda like the real one with the peppers on if and the litson kawali should be cut a little more smaller so it's gonna be crispy

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Quarterite
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience2

First off for someone who is open to a new food experience and willing to go beyond their expectations of Asian food, Milk Fish is a good place to go. That being said the service was the best I have experienced there and the food has improved. One of their signature dishes was not available, which was the main reasons we went there. Also my guest was surprised that the taste of the pork adobo and the pinacbit were indistinguishable as well as the consistency of the sauce. The only distinguishing feature was the taking - long green beans in the pinacbit. As one of the previous reviews had stated, the food was way over priced for what we got. They food is interesting if you are looking for an adventure and cost is not a concern.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2016
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Meh! Over priced and over cooked, but great service and interesting menu.

PS
vipPjSnick
New Orleans
48 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was presented very nicely. Very different and good food tastes. Nice change out of the ordinary.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The noodle dishes and egg rolls were really tasty. The steak was a bit tough and the chicken dish (bone in) was good. Good prices.

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Crystal
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a Filipino friend visiting from Colorado. When we told her about MilkFish, it became a 'must do' while she was in town. She was beside herself with all of the traditional meals available to her (adobo, pancit, etc), but also appreciated dishes like the Crab Fat Fried Rice. It was our first Filipino food experience and we loved it.

Our waiter was awesome and made us feel at home. He managed to work the entire front of house, including the bar, without missing a beat. The atmosphere was super cozy and we felt very welcomed.

We'll definitely be back!

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isada
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was glad I found Milkfishnola.com! Wow! The food was amazing just like the food I had when I visited the Philippines! It made my day! I would recommend Milkfish to any of my friends.

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vipScouseWife
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had visited once before and was not impressed at all. We decided after a year to give it another try. We are so glad we did. The food and service was great! Glad we gave it another try. Will definitely return!

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vipAntoko
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular as usual. The Crab Fat Fried Rice and Express will change your life!

NN
vipNormanN
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went there for lunch. When is Filipino food not Filipino food? When it is presented and tastes like this. Pretty incredible. Had Bistek and pancit. Lumpia shanghai and lechon. Had all the flavor of home to remind and remember but the food is made with better ingredients and is spiced and flavor with no much need for anything else. It was worth the trolley ride there and the walk back to the Quarter. Would do it again.

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vipapogribn
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Milk Fish provides an interesting opportunity to try Filipino food in the New Orleans area. I've never had it before and I thought it was delicious and an excellent introduction. The waiter was so excited about the food and served as a gastronomical tour guide.

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vipUptownRuler
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and the service exceeded our expectations. It is difficult to beat the combination of delicious food, attentive friendly service and great prices. This was truly a pleasant surprise that we will experience again. We will return and highly recommend MILKFISH.

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Mary
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter Andrew was solicitous and knowledgable about the food. We ordered and were served quickly. The chef certainly can cook! Yum! Yum!

LS
vipLizStelz
New Orleans
74 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service at MIIkfish is wonderful. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the whole menu and made some great recommendations. They just instituted an auxiliary Tapas menu which includes most of the items on the main menu. This is a great way to try a lot of the dishes without filling up on any one. Their kinilaw is outstanding...highly recommended. The crab fat fried rice is excellent. I'm looking forward to going back and trying more items on the menu.

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vipPlaciteno
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Milkfish is a Filipino restaurant near the intersection of Carrolton and Canal. It was quiet on the night we went, two other tables occupied. The waiter was quite helpful with the menu and, in fact dissuaded us from ordering too much. We had the ceviche which was made with coconut milk and had some tiny peppers for a little kick. It was the best we've ever had. We did order the crab fat fried rice which was very good. Our other main dish, since we are adventurous, was the Sisig, a combination of chicken livers and the equivalent of chicharrones. Very tasty. Although the dessert menu looked good, we were very full by that time and passed. I would definitely go back. If your time in New Orleans is limited, get some creole or cajun food or go to one of the many excellent uptown restaurants; but when you get tired of them and want a new and interesting treat Milkfish is an excellent choice.

MI
MILKFISH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MILKFISH is by far the best place I've gone for Filipino food in NOLA. I'm the type of person who sticks with what I love/like. At MILKFISH, I usually get the SPAM fried rice, 2 orders of lechon kawali and my favorite entree, the Sissig.

HN
vipHeartNewOrleans
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I never write reviews: mostly because I'm selfish and when I find a good spot, I want to keep it to myself. But I find myself wanting to be a cheerleader for this great little place. The lumpia and Sanagong (not 100% on that spelling) was wonderful, and the staff was very sweet. They have a full bar, which I don't think they had previously. I used to visit Milkfish when it was in the Who Dat Café, and I'm so glad to see that it's found a permanent home. This is such a great place for lunch, with plenty of parking in the surrounding neighborhood and in front. There was only a handful of people in when I was there, so be sure to try something new and make this great local spot your next stop for lunch or dinner. They'll be happy to see you and you won't be sorry.

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vipthorn
New Orleans
44 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2015
Overall3food3service5ambience3

truly great service and interesting food that is a must try

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nawlinsfoodie
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Milkfish is a lovely, different dining experience that fits well in the New Orleans food culture. The blend of Filipino with a soul food twist will entice the adventurous dinner. The waitress was particularly helpful on explaining the menu and the different tastes unfamiliar dishes have. I really enjoyed it

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We didn't know what to expect from authentic Filipino home cooking so were pleasantly surprised by the totally new (to us) delight of Milkfish. We could not bring ourselves to order the Pacific fish though it was clearly described by the knowledgeable wait staff. We shared the appetizer tray of Filipino egg rolls, bland chicken skewers, vinegary slaw, fatty and chewy pig face and fried pig tails. The oxtail stew which I love but seldom see on a menu was cooked in a peanut butter sauce and it was delicious with steamed rice. The chicken adobo was plain stewed chicken and it was good if bland. There were plenty of hot peppers in vinegar to add if you wanted more heat as well as an assortment of hot sauces. There's a bar now. The bare concrete floor and dim lighting did nothing for ambiance and the location is a kind of Bermuda Triangle of failed restaurants and bars. On-street parking at a busy corner makes parking difficult. So just go for the food and the friendly waiters. Don't be put off by dishes such as blood pudding. Try the flan for dessert. It has more texture than the Mexican stuff we know.

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vipelgatoneg
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

wonderful flavors. friendly & welcoming staff. will visit again

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vipsep004
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had kinilaw, mixed adobo (chicken + pork), pancit, and halo halo. It was my second visit to Milkfish and probably my last. We received our entrees TWO HOURS after we ordered them. The waiter was apologetic throughout our visit and kept assuring us that food would "come out soon" but I would rather know that my food was going to take 2 hours so that I could go someplace else. After waiting so long, you would think that the food would be somewhat worth it. There were only 2 pieces of calamari in the pancit and there were only 2 shrimp. There were maybe 4 small bites of pork belly. After waiting 2 hours and paying over $20 for this one dish alone, I was sorely disappointed. The flavor of the adobo was good, but wasn't worth waiting 2 hours. The portion sizes are now much smaller than they were during my first visit. I won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Milkfish is normally closed on Wednesday nights, but they were open with a special menu for New Year's Eve. I had heard good things about Milkfish, but I was worried about actually going because all of the reservation time slots were open. I am definitely glad that we went, and we will certainly be returning to see the full menu.

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vip3smiths
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place does not disappoint if you're looking for Filipino favorites. Though the talented chef may tweak some of her recipes, the dishes respect the original, are flavorful and look fantastically appealing with her inviting plating. Particularly unctuous was her milkfish braised in coconut milk. Melt in your mouth goodness! Share many plates here as everything we had was outstanding, and my family of 4, which includes two picky half-Filipino children and one Caucasian husband, ordered more than half of the offerings. And Hailey is an awesome and knowledgeable server!

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vipiamnola
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Be ready to try new things, but there are a lot of simple Delicious dishes as well. Loved Everything I tried, can't wait to go back and try more. Bring friends so you can taste their dishes too! Had the curry shrimp special and it was awesome, just wish I had a little more sauce for the rice. Great portions and flavor without feeling full and heavy.

KD
KimberlyD
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is amazing! Sampler appetizer and ceviche for apps, both different from the usual but full of flavors and delicious. Sisig was out of this world! Spicy! Peanut butter oxtail was extremely tender and great taste. The pork ribs (signature dish of the Philipines) was also very good. The staff is very informed about menu, and super friendly. Drinks were good. Overall delightful evening, will go again.

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vipHailey22
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service will definitely go back. The cocktail list was equally as impressive the gin cocktail is a must try.

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chack504
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I had never had Filipino cuisine before but was keen to try it. Everything we had was delicious. The flavors were familiar just paired in different ways. Their specialty cocktails are also delicious. I had the Pinakbet which reminded me of a Thai gumbo with out the heat. Never fear sriracha was one of the condiments on the table so a few squirts of that and it was perfect. The two waiters were very friendly, professional, knowledgeable and passionate about the cuisine. I'm looking forward to returning and trying other dishes.

LC
vipLCA133
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing time. Our server, I believe his name was Randy, gave some of the best service I have had in a quite a long time. The food was outstanding and reminded of my Filipino friends' kitchens growing up. Definitely will be back next time we are in town.

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sailorrunner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, had the special salmon dish, gave it 4 stars due to a little to much sauce which over powdered the subtle salmon taste. Service was prompt and super friendly but maybe a touch overbearing with stops at the table every couple of minutes. I will definitely go back though. Thinking this friday for adabo actually.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from a true pinay over here.. so surprised to find GREAT filipino food in the Louisiana area... just because I'm so used to Lola's cooking ^_~. A must try for foodies. Chef does a wonderful job with her marinades and sauces

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danadane
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was great! Markus, our waiter, was very attentive. My only complaint was parking. Other than that, my sisters and I will be back.

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vipToyatex
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were excited to find out there was a Filipino restaurant in New Orleans. Our son just moved there for college, and so we took him out to lunch during family weekend. It was delicious, and the service was friendly and efficient. The decor was warm and bright, and we enjoyed the art on the walls. They accommodated our daughter's gluten and dairy sensitivity thoughtfully. Will definitely be back when we are in town again.

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vipBoorish
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Thanks open table for opening up my EYES. I would not have tried, nor ever heard of Milkfish. This fantastic cuisine has an Oriental touch with a tropical Latin influence that seems like Southern Comfort-food. Eight of us ate family-style, until we had eaten almost everything off the menu. The appetizers were a meal in themselves and the entrees were led by the blood pork stew (hard to imagine it would be that good if they had told me what it was before I ate it). The desserts would have made me return by themselves. I almost forgot the cocktails, they were all so inventive and different from anything you might get anywhere.

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vipTerri
New Orleans
50 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

our first try at this type of cuisine...everything was delicious and nice atmosphere...loved the bright colors and local artwork.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really exotic taste, completely different to our usual asian restaurant experiences..tangy.

UG
UncleGeorge
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dishes were good portions not excessive. We both enjoyed our meals. I did find some extra salt though the dish included salted fish. The place was nice and quiet with no tv's thank you very much.

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Permanently Closed - MIlkfish offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 267-4199.

Permanently Closed - MIlkfish is rated 4.3 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.