This restaurant is located on the first floor of the Omni Hotel right on the Mississippi river. The front of the hotel faces Convention Center Blvd. and the Riverwalk Outlet Mall is right across the street, which you really should check out if you come to New Orleans. There’s a Café du Monde in there where you can get beignets. The rear entrance to the restaurant is on Fulton St. The restaurant is in walking distance of the French Quarter, Harrah’s Casino, The Aquarium, Bourbon St., and all kinds of other attractions I’m probably not thinking about now.
Nice little bar. Nice little dining room. I started off with the seafood gumbo. If you, like me, hate getting your gumbo or soup cold or luke warm, that wasn’t a problem here. If the gumbo had been any damn hotter the ceramic cup it was served in would have melted or exploded! And I was starving! Letting it cool was hell. Very good gumbo, full of small shrimp, oysters and either seasoning ham or tasso.
Next I tried the Napoleon D’Aubergine. You find a lot of eggplant and seafood dishes in New Orleans. This was pretty good. Problem was the eggplant breading wasn’t fried very crispy but the eggplant on the inside was still a little crispy. Vegetable wise eggplant isn’t something I like still crisp. Also, there could have been a little more crabmeat, but in all fairness I’ve never had a dish that I’d say had TOO much crabmeat!
Next I had the Croque Madam. I love any sandwich with a fried egg in it but having a fried egg ON TOP is definitely unique! And it means you have to eat it with a fork and knife. Delicious. Plenty of ham and cheese and the sauce was good. The fries weren’t crispy at all though. In fact they were pretty soft, like they had just been poached in oil.
I finished up with the Caramel Bread Pudding. Ranks up there with one of the worst bread puddings I ever had. It tasted like they took 15 loaves of bread, sprinkled a half teaspoon of cinnamon sugar on all of them, wet the bread down slightly, then stacked them on top of each other end to end and pressed it down with a 3 ton weight to compress them into this dessert. Pretty flavorless and so dense it was hard to cut with a spoon. I couldn’t even taste the very tiny amount of sauce they put on the top. The ice cream was good though.
To sum it up the place is kind of hit and miss. Great CBD location and some good dishes. Do a soup and sandwich thing if you go.
701 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130 Ph: 504-681-1034