Following up on the posts by Melanie Wong and Windy on their lunch at Easy Creole in North Beach http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829657, my partner and I decided to check out Easy Creole for dinner at the Residence last night. I had the chicken and sausage gumbo, and my partner had the chicken creole. I thought the chicken and sausage gumbo was delicious. It was a generous serving, with plenty of chicken and sausage, and had a rich complex sauce. I could taste the roux, which was offset by pleasant acidity that the Easy Creole's chef said was due to extra tomato. It was served over white rice, which the owner said could be served on the side, along with with tasty toasted buttery bread on the side. Although the gumbo flavor might have been more intense without the rice, it made for a filling meal with the rice, as it is traditionally served. It needed additional spice for my taste, but that was easily remedied with the hot sauces that were provided -- Crystal hot and extra hot, as well as another unnamed sauce brought to our table in a plastic cup that Easy Creole's owner said was the best in New Orleans. We were glad that the food was not heavily spiced before serving, as my partner had a canker sore and couldn't eat heavily spiced food. I spiced my gumbo after giving him a taste and selfishly ate the rest of the bowl myself.
Neither of us thought the chicken creole was very good. I though it too sweet and gloopy -- perhaps too much tomato. After my partner couldn't eat any more, I added hot sauce, which improved the flavor, but it still was too sweet for me.
We were both impressed by the attentiveness of Easy Creole's chef, who came by a few times to check on how we liked our food and to answer questions. He told us that he was originally from New Orleans, but had grown up in the Bay Area. I must admit that we did not have the heart to tell him that the chicken creole was not a success. I could tell that got pleasure from his guest's enjoyment of his cooking, an essential quality in someone who cooks and serves food for a living. We enjoyed our pop-up experience, which gave us an opportunity to share the chef's enthusiasm for Creole cuisine.
Easy Creole is currently serving dinner on Wednesday night at the Residence, a bar on 14th near Church, and on Fridays at La Victoria Bakery on 24th Street in the Mission.
La Victoria Bakery
2937 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Easy Creole at the Residence
718 14th St, SF, CA 94114