The meal started out with a bang, but like a kid with their first sparkler, the fascination wears off as you realize there isnt more to it and the spark fizzles out. In all fairness tonight was the launch of a new menu, so the kinks are still getting worked out.
The gazpacho and gumbo were quite nice. Although the vegetables in the gazpacho were a little big to be authentic, the flavor was there - spicy with a good balance on the acid. The rue in the gumbo was well developed and the dish was polished while still making it the Cajun comfort food it is.
After that the food began to fizzle. I had crab and shrimp cakes which are served on top of loose mashed potatoes and topped with and apple and fennel salad. The salad was fresh and the flavors good, but this is where it starts to come apart. First, fresh greens wilt quickly and turn to mush when hot, and I am not fond of wilted salad. Especially micro greens. Second, it was difficult to discern where the cakes ended and the mashed potatoes began. There was basically no textural difference between the two. Though the flavors were fairly well developed, by halfway through the texture of the dish just became too much like baby food to finish.
My husband had the Tempting Tempura - a mix of Gulf seafood. The fish was a bit overcooked as were the stringed vegetables which congealed into a rather unappealing pile. To the credit of the restaurant and the server, mashed potatoes were brought out for no additional cost.
Overall we concluded we would come back and give the place a second try after they have had some time to tweak things. For a first night being just off the mark is doing pretty good in this business.
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