Has anyone else been to this "new" restaurant, and if so, did you have a better opinion than I? It is actually a new reincarnation of an old New Orleans restaurant, but I had heard that this version, the awkwardly named The Bar and Bistro at La Louisiane, would feature dishes with a Mediterranean flair. Not until we were at the table did we realize this was not the case. Nor is it a recreation of the original restaurant's menu. It seems to be a hodgepodge of Louis XVI-type dishes (same owners, and according to this week's Gambit, the kitchen is "overseen" by Louis XVI chef Agnes Bellet) and token "creative" dishes which come off as more weird than creative (sweetbreads with orange sauce, anyone?). The menu seems far too meat-heavy with very little local seafood. I had an indifferent baked-oyster appetizer that was mostly breadcrumbs and an entree of shrimp on black rice. This might have been better if the shrimp were fresher, but the "black" rice was actually an unappetzing grayish color. My co-diner had a salad and steak, both of which were pronounced mediocre.
I was disappointed because I had heard good things about the original restaurant and hoped this would do its memory proud. I wanted to like it so much more than I did. Will give it another chance in 6 months or so, if it's still open, but this was a very unpromising first visit.