After agonizing over our choice for Thursday night, we stuck to the Galatoire's reservation. We arrived at roughly 9ish, were immediately seated downstairs, had a sazerac in my hand before I knew I'd ordered it, and turned my decision making over to our young waiter, Scott*.
We actually ended up with only two courses, which worked perfectly, as we just weren't that hungry (though we should've been as we hadn't eaten all day).
My husband (of the seafood allergy) started with the duck & andouille gumbo, which was, hand's down, the best thing on the table. Seriously, it was fabulous. Smoky and perfectly seasoned, it has become the gold standard for gumbo, forever raising the bar for us. My turtle soup was rich and delicious. A winner, but I'll dream about that gumbo.
His pompano with lemon caper beurre blanc was the 2nd best of the night (he has a knack for always receiving the best item of the night). Just perfection. My (off-menu) speckled trout with crabmeat Yvonne was delicious, if the crabmeat, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms were maybe a bit overwhelming for the trout. Still a perfectly executed piece of fish, with a liberal HEAP of crabmeat, it was rich just to the point of excess, begging for a bit more and then more again lemon. You can imagine that after that, dessert was simply (sadly) out of the question.
In short, while the food was good, and even excellent in spots, the dinner wasn't worth the money for the food, but for the absolutely wonderful atmosphere and service. So yes, I get it. And we'll be back, no question. There's just something about the the whole effect that makes it such An Event, but at the same time you leave feeling as if you've had more fun at an elegant restaurant than you'll have once back outside on Bourbon. (Well... ;)
Some highlights - the silver is lovely, the dining room is splendidly raucous, and it was rather fun to be both the youngest AND most sober patrons in the room, and trust me when I say that particular bar isn't set too high!
I appreciate the advice given on my earlier thread, and enjoyed every moment of our dinner.
*Scott, I am embarrassed to admit I don't recall exactly what we tipped you, I definitely hope it was enough for your help!
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130