NoNO Kitchen in Park Slope - NoNO is SoSO
Wondering when that Indian restaurant would finally close (never saw any customers in there), I was happy to see that a new restaurant would take its place.
Last week, my husband and I went to try it out. We were both excited about the much needed new cuisine (New Orleans - Cajun/Creole) to arrive in the Slope. We get there and it's a full house (good sign!). We waited about 5-10mins for a table. Here is what we ordered and my review:
Alligator and Andouille Sausage - Too fatty for my taste.
Jambalaya Wontons - VERY spicy and tasty but reminded me of really good frozen burrito.
Crawfish Etouffee - I had a taste but the temperature of the food was off. It wasn't hot enough. The right temperature makes such a difference for me. Perhaps it would've tasted better if it were hotter?
Fried Chicken - Loved the crunch and the quantity (four pcs) but in taste, it was just fair.
Banana Foster - I had read about this and had high expectations... Thank goodness we shared this dessert! It was four huge pieces of banana, swimming in a pile of...sauce... I wasn't impressed.
As for the service, it was quite good. The servers all worked together (they share their tips) to cover each other. I thought that was a good system for a new restaurant.
My overall experience was disappointedly just a fair one. I will probably give it one more try but that's it.
My wife and I went here for brunch on Saturday and we really enjoyed it. I had the chicken and sausage gumbo with a side of grits (with cheese and jalapenos). She had the shrimp creole with a side of greens. I really enjoyed the gumbo (although I needed to add some hot sauce but what do you expect- it's Seventh Ave. not Bourbon Street).
The grits were deliciously cheesy with fresh green bits of jalapeno. We both cleared our plates and the bill was really reasonable. The service was great and the hostess made sure that we liked everything. We'll be back. It's not exactly authentic but it's still pretty damn good. Can't wait to try the crawfish etoufee next.