I travel to New Orleans often for business; I have been there twice since April and live in Seattle. I missed an opportunity to go to Cochon in April and had it at the top of my list for my trip in August. Unfortunately it was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in New Orleans; and it certainly makes the top-five worst dining experiences of my life.
I think part of the problem was the overly aggressive waitstaff; and their need to up-sell every item we ordered: "Maybe you would like two of those?" "You are only having sparkling water?" and on and on it went.
Speaking of the sparkling water...three of us ordered. The wait staff brought a bottle poured the entire bottle into two glasses and then asked if we would like to order another one...even though obviously we needed more to fill a glass for myself. I quickly switched to New Orleans finest.
We ordered our entrees. When a chef friend across from me pulled a piece of plastic out of his food and placed it on the edge of his plate. I quickly stopped eating my Rabbit & Dumplings (the same entree) It was full of bones already...and the plastic was the icing on the cake.
When we pointed out the situation to our waiter he took the dish back to the kitchen where they removed the piece of plastic and brought the same plate back and proclaimed it to be nothing more than celery. They did not offer another option; they just brought the plate back.
Thankfully they did end up comping one of our meals; but to inform a customer (who is a chef; and his table who was full of food marketers) that we were wrong and that it was celery and simply drop the plate back in front of the guest was unacceptable. A piece of PLASTIC is not a piece of celery.
Cochon was a disaster...I am sticking with August.
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