While visiting Orlando we went to Emeril's with a friend who also enjoys fine dining and hoped we could re-experience the delightful cuisine we had in New Orleans about 20 years ago. In our eagerness for a good meal we overlooked the fact that this is a very high volume restaurant located in a theme park. The first thing you notice is the very high ambient noise level, which makes conversation difficult and completely takes away from what should have been a very pleasant experience. The main dining room is quite large with a high ceiling and there are no obvious attempts at sound suppression. The service is the best thing about the restaurant. We were seated promptly and our waiter was friendly, helpful and attentive. He explained the daily specials and brought water and some very delicious hot rolls. I ordered the special spinach salad with cherries and dried mushrooms which was very tasty. I cannot say the same about the grouper, which was overcooked and tough, served on a base of sliced roasted or fried fingerling potatoes, topped with an interesting slaw of shredded peas and avocado. There was a coulis on the plate that was an unusual reduction that had a medicinal taste. I cannot recall what the waiter said it was as I would prefer to avoid it in the future. Also, the portion sizes were not large, adding to the impression that everything was overpriced. The wine list was adequate but overpriced as the serving size of the wines purchased by the glass was quite small. All in all it was disappointing and not up to my perception of Emeril's high standards. We have subsequently learned that Emeril's was participating in a dining promotion in Orlando for the month of September where you can get a 3 course dinner for $33.00. This was not mentioned to us at the restaurant unless the waiter did tell us and we couldn't hear him over the background noise. I guess we'll have to go back to New Orleans.
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