It was our first time there and we were looking forward to a relaxing, warm-me-up Friday night dinner with friends. Everyone working was very friendly and OMG, were they working hard! I think they actually brought some extra reinforcements in as the dinner service progressed because they were really getting slammed and very little was coming out of the kitchen.
With that in mind, I don't know if this was an abnormally busy night for them, but needless to say, I wish I hadn't worn my watch. It took over an hour for our food to arrive (although drinks came quickly). Unfortunately, we had arrived pretty hungry. There was much confusion throughout the restaurant as to who ordered what. I was nearing the point where I would accept whomever's dish was brought to our table, even if it wasn't what I had ordered. Good news is that I refrained from doing that.
We unfortunately received our appetizers well after our entrees arrived, while others with our group had been served dessert. Note on the appetizer we chose - the fried plantains were not to our liking, with much more fried coating than plantain. We also didn't really get the cole slaw being served with it, thinking that the strawberry (?) dipping sauce we had seen with other appetizers might have been a better choice. I admit that my reference point is not enormous, but we've had fried plantains enough to know that we prefer more flavor, more plantain, and less batter.
As far as the meal itself goes, the sautéed spinach with shrimp (served with rice) was good. Having been warned, we ordered it on the mild side which worked for me, and for a wintry night, it served the purpose of a stick-to-your-ribs dish. The shrimp gumbo was disappointing, and it could simply be a case of expectations and taste buds. We prefer it served like a thick soup, and frankly, it's the only way we've ever had it before. This was plated (with a side of rice) and was simply not as stellar as expected, based on other reviews we had read. We ordered it at a 4, which was pretty much our spice limit. They definitely take their "hot" seriously. The spiciness of the cole slaw was on my lips for hours. :-) We didn't have room (or time) for dessert, but the cheesecake looked amazing. We loved the Haitian coffee, so perhaps next time we'll just return for some coffee and cheesecake.
The evening was a bit chaotic, in a fun Friday night kind of way. Enormous kudos to the staff who were making the best of the situation.
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