My partner and I started with the Gris Gris Wings and hush puppies, followed by the ribs and the Chicken Rochambeau, finishing with the peach cobbler and beignets. We also had a glass of wine each and one beer.
To start, I was disappointed with the beer selection. I was hoping for some nice American beer, but other than Budweiser (obviously not a "good" American beer), there was none. The wine we selected was decent. My partner loved the wings, but being an East Coast US native, I found the seasoning good but the way they were cooked below average; they tasted boiled. The hush puppies were difficult to eat as they were far too dry and their flavor in general was off. After the starters, I was pleasantly surprised by the ribs, some of the best I've tried in New Zealand. Unfortunately, the chicken dish was almost inedible and the oven baked ham portion of it looked like the slices of a pre-cooked ham you'd get from the grocery store. The dessert was tasty, average beignets and the cobbler was great, although different from what I am used to.
We had a voucher, if this was a full price meal, I would go back for the ribs and consider dessert but nothing else. The prices are not justified by the quality of food, it's not consistent, and the atmosphere is lacking. Nothing about it suggests New Orleans. That is fine, but it looks like they have just made over a Mediterranean restaurant, and didn't do a very good job at it. What they did add is tacky. Plus, with a theme like New Orleans, the music could have been more creative than just playing the "Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack. Service was fine; the waitstaff was very nice.
Overall, it gets points because this type of food is hard to find here and I would recommend a stop for the ribs and cobbler. However, if you are expecting good Cajun cuisine, this is not as good as the average food I've had in New Orleans and not even close to the value.
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