Made reservations here during Mardi Gras week and stopped in a couple of hours early to confirm our reservation. The maitre d, Jimmy, was absolutely fabulous and gave us a tour of most of this incredible restaurant. One would never know that there are 16 differently themed dining rooms all decorated with vintage NewOrleans/ Mardi Gras krewe artifacts. We really appreciated him taking the time to show us around!
We arrived later for our 6:30 reservation and were seated in a mostly empty dining room which was surprising considering the festivities going on all around the city. We were seated timely and our drink order was taken and delivered quickly. The waiter, Tim, explained some of the dishes featured on the menu as well as the specials. I ordered the "fish of the day" which was pompano that I had not had before. At this restaurant, any and all side orders are a la carte so choose carefully as they add up quickly. I chose asparagus with a hollandaise like sauce as did my husband and it was cooked perfectly and delicious. I ordered two different "toppings" for my pompano since I had tried neither before. Both were excellent as far as toppings go, one crawfish tails and the other lump crab something or other.
We ordered the obligatory Oysters Rockefeller which is their signature appetizer. This restaurant invented this dish years ago and I have had a few different versions at various different restaurants. None that I have had were prepared like theirs. I really liked them. They are incredibly filling with their herbed whipped secret topping they put on top. I was pretty full after having a couple of these before my dinner arrived.
Unfortunately, my pompano was quite thin and over cooked which was disappointing considering the prices charged. I initially thought I had bitten into a bone but it was actually an extremely over cooked edge of the fish flesh. My husband ordered the "drum" which was a fried selection and was a bit over done as well leaving quite a bit of oil on the plate. Over all, there is much that can be very simply improved to attract better reviews from customers. I probably won't go out of my way to eat here again given all of the restaurants in this city.
Tim did take more time and show us some other areas we had not seen earlier which was really awesome! Thank you!
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