We ate at Gabrielles last night and were underwhelmed considering I read many rave reviews. The bread (an initial sign to me of things to come) was french bread ala wonderbread served with salted butter, my companions spinach salad with maytag dressing and grapes was extremely salty and a bit slimy my artichoke/oyster appetizer was very rich dressy and for my tastes too too done up. My companions venison with fried spinach he considered to be tasteless and thot there was a lot of tenderizer on it, the fried spinach was slimy and was served with dirty rice - I like entrees to look appealing and clean - this plate simply looked like a pile of brown stuff. My blackened pompano was overcooked, with a crab cake that was a really ugly looking wad/pile (didnt taste bad but was so unappetizing looking, and the vegetables julienne carrots and sugar snap peas were overcooked and drenched in butter. I tried a piece of their "made from scratch banana cake" which had a gritty sweet frosting and was something I would have been proud to see a girlscout make. ALl in all I am surprised this restaurant is highly rated.
Friday night we went to the Pelican Club and had a far better meal for the same price range but I havent seen many reviews of the Pelican Club. Going to Nola's on Monday with great reservations as I am always suspect of large famous places but was urged by friends to try it. Maybe it is my fussiness, I was a chef and pastry chef long ago and never understand why clear clean orginal food is so difficult to find! Hope I wasn't too harsh, just my opinion and I am not easily impressed.