While I'm not exactly a foodie, I know what I like and have a good idea of what I expect a "Fine Dinning" experience to be like. I am orignally from a Food City, New Orleans, and while I do enjoy fine dining at upscale eateries, I also like the back street cafes and the hole in the wall places. Based on this I ranked Parlor Market as average.
The place is attractive, the area is being revitalized and the Parlor Market is on the cutting edge of this process, the modest front opens into a very nice bar and restaurant, small but confortable. The staff was attentive and very nice, the menu was short and sweet, about 15 main items. So far so good.
Nuevo Cuisine is not exactly my cup of tea, when I see something on the menu that says for instance, pickeled onions, I don't think it should be a piece of onion that is 3/4 of an inch long and used for garnish, garnish is pretty, not necessarily a seperate food item, it was addresed as such. My wife had the oyster salad and duck gumbo, the salad was greens and a few oysters, average, the duck gumbo was excellent. I had the flounder, good but not excellent by a long shot, average at best, oh the plate was pretty but the food was lacking, not bad but then again, not worth the price.
Since I mentioned price, for what we had, two drinks apiece, the oyster salad, the cup of duck gumbo, and a wedge salad and flounder for me, $125. I though it pricy when I compare it to what I'm used to in NO. Just me, the place had a good atmosphere and a number of patrons but it was just not up to my standards of "Fine Dining".
Would I go back, ????
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