This was one of three restaurants selected for us by our quasi-hosts who live about 100 miles from New Orleans and know the city much better than us. Our reservation was at 9:00 pm, so we were a little on the late side of the peak dinner crowd. There was an outdoor sidewalk "cafe" along with a large first and second floor, connected by a graceful, somewhat circular old-time staircase. The first floor was tiled - presumably by hand - in ornate patterns and together with the decor, fans, lighting, and uniforms of the waiters and waitresses, gave us the sense that we had stepped back in time several decades - - we enjoyed that.
There was a group of 8 of us, the men of the group in town for business, but the dinner was "with friends". We enjoyed several of the appetizers shared by those at the table: shrimp rémoulade, oysters pan roast (oysters poached in rosemary cream with herb breadcrumbs served in a roasting skillet), and the "fried oyster loaf (corn fried oysters served on grilled ciabatta bread with melted St. Andre cheese and sherry-tasso cream). For an entree, I ordered andouille crusted mahi mahi which was very good. Finally, several of us ordered dessert, and the Brennan's signature Bananas Foster prepared at tableside was not to disappoint, either as a great dessert or for the entertainment value of the preparation.
Service was attentive.
In retrospect (and even when we were there), the biggest issue was that our table was located near a corner waiter's station, and the waiters and waitresses were constantly passing behind two of the women at the table. The problem was that the table was too close to the station, and either my wife's head or her chair were constantly getting bumped into. The table couldn't be easily be moved away, so we tolerated this until we left.
In conclusion, the highlight of the dinner were the desserts and, if you're into that kind of thing, the "retro" ambiance.
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