I had dinner last night at Louisiana, the upscale cajun-inspired restaurant in Fells Point. I don't recall a proper review of it around these parts, so I thought I'd chime in with one. This was my first meal there since the year they opened.
I started with blackened shrimp over grits, and my friend had the "Louisiana" crab cake appy. The shrimp (3) were slightly overcooked so as to be a little tough and chewy. The blackening spice didn't quite pack the flavor punch that I expected either. The grits were fine, but not as creamy as I would have liked. Mind you, I cleaned my plate, but Charleston's version of this dish is better. The crab cake was good. Not Maryland style of course, but tasty.
Entrees were pan roasted rockfish over mashed potatoes with a lump crab fennel cream sauce, and seared scallops over risotto. My dish (the fish) was ok, but not great. I just felt like someone had turned down the "flavor knob" in the kitchen. The scallop dish was better and had a little more zing. Desserts (creme brulee and chocolate mousse) were fine but nothing more. The mousse was frozen and dense. Kind of odd.
The wine list is ho-hum. We drank one of the few French selections, a Zind Humbrecht riesling. Sadly the restaurant desperately needs a visit from a Reidel salesman.
The best points: service was great. Efficient, friendly, not intrusive. And the dining room is nice- classy and cozy. The huge spiral staircase is quite unique.
Bottom line: Next time someone asks for an alternative to the Inner Harbor chains for decent seafood, I'll happily recommend it. But for this hound's money, I'll more likely be heading back to Corks, Soigne and Brewer's Art, where the imagination, execution and wine service are a notch above.
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