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Commander's Palace

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Commander's Palace

Beau Noppatee | Apr 6, 2004 03:10 PM

Finally, had a dinner at Commander's after many years. My friends chose the restaurant, which I generally don't go for because I don't care for the bus terminal feeling of the main dining room - too much background clatter and din during a fine meal. Maybe this could be avoided by requesting another room or the courtyard, which I hope are quieter. Anyway, the meal was very good. Only one of us had the fixed price dinner, because he wanted soft shell crab anyway. I have to say that the price fix is a good deal at $37.50. His turtle soup was okay, his soft shell was okay, his dessert was great. The turtle soup had good flavor but there was an aftertaste which I attribute to some kind of thickener and less than perfect seasoning. It was the same with my red fish courtbouillion. I'm picky because during her heyday, my mother made both these soups so much better. The bread pudding souffle was a treat in appearance and flavor. Someone at the table had delicious lamb chops, which is what I would choose next time. Last but not least the pecan crusted gulf mahi mahi was wonderful. Perhaps it's greatest attribute was the buttery sauce underneath the fish. We had trouble defining the ingredient that made the sauce so yummy. The waiter finally clued us in. It is a "crushed corn" sauce, referring I suppose to mashing the fresh kernels to extract their sweet corn liquid. Or maybe the corn could be blended into heavy cream until the hulls are pulverized. Well whatever - it is the perfect base for the dish, just heavenly. I just wish the fish and those lamb chops were on the price fix menu.

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