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Baru?

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Has anyone tried it there? I always see scores of people when I drive past it on Magazine, but have yet to hear a review.

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  1. Never heard of it. Where on Magazine?

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    1. re: Tonto

      I think it is at Amelia Street, where Amelia Grocery used to be.

    2. write up in today's lagniappe about several tapas places including baru

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      http://gogogastronauts.blogspot.com

      1. Just got back from a great meal at Baru -- it is on Magazine somewhere between Napoleon and Louisiana on the Riverside/South side of the street.

        I feel this way abuot many restaurants in New Orleans right now, but the food is far superior to the front of the house (the service was friendly and polite, but a little slow).

        We each had a salad -- mine was delicious grilled shrimp and mango with an excellent dressing, good, green lettuce which could have been cut into smaller pieces but otherwise I had no complaints. DC's had a crab salad with corn on it -- not with mayo, more a ceviche-style dressing. (~$12@) We then shared two tapas: a wonderful bowl of corn and homemade tiny french fries with a pink sauce ($~7) and a little plate of sauteed langostine, shrimp, chorizo and red pepper which was simple and lovely (~$12). Having read some reviews that recommended entrees, we decided to share an entree instead of pushing on with the tapas, and we ordered what turned out to be the clear star of the meal, a dish called Platacon Con Todo ($24) which was plantain, piled with steak, chicken, chorizo, cheese and a cilantro pesto. It was really wonderful, and very filling.

        We each spent a total of $41, which was a little high for a restaurant that was very casual, but worth it. I really appreciated that in addition to being very good and reasonably authentic, the food was actually tapas -- not just slightly smaller plates as some places seem to call tapas these days. I think they could expand their menu a little bit to include more of the traditional munchy tapas type items like olives and nuts and tortilla, and they really need to lose the $8 corkage fee unless they get themselves a liquor license.

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        1. re: Adrienne

          Eeek! I'm so excited to see a Colombian restaurant thriving in nola. How cool. I absolutly love colombian food- very filling, delicious, and moderatly healthy. I also have driven by and it's always full- good reviews too. Can't wait to stop by...

        2. I ate there last week and the apps were good, but the entrees were not impressive. Most of the seating is outside as well we were sweating through our whole meal. I might go back in the fall.

          1. We had a rather dissapointing experience at Baru last night. Like the original poster, we were intrigued by the amount of people flocking to this place, so gave it a shot. The service was VERY slow, and we experienced some mix ups with the kitchen. They actually forgot one of our tapas dishes, so we were sitting without food for nearly 45 minutes, however, they removed the item from the bill, which was nice. Our entrees were dissapointing as well. I ordered plantains, which were devoid of taste, served w/ chicken and chorizo, which were a bit bland and overcooked. Its only redeeming quality was a tasty garlic pesto-ish sauce on top. Despite the food, and service, I also had a bit of a problem with the price. Yes, these are true tapas sized portions (as another poster mentioned) so, the 8-12 dollars per dish is a bit steep. I also agree that if a place doesn't have a its liquor license yet, they should waive the corking fee. Not sure if we'll be going back to Baru.

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            1. re: Overweight

              It sounds to me like you ordered a very similar dish to the one we loved -- though our plantain pile came with steak. Several other tables while we were there were really enjoying it too -- I wouldn't be surprised if two chefs who cook on different nights make it different ways, I honestly can't imagine that anyone could describe what I was served as being devoid of flavor, it was an extremely high-taste pile of meat.

              I also want to add in agreement with another poster above that I don't think I could have tolerated the experience in their sidewalk seating, it is so hot and their service is SO slow, it would have been miserable. Plus, their inside decor is very funky and I think was done by the owner himself and to me it's part of the appeal, so I suggest to anyone who is going to try it that you wait the extra time for an indoor table if you can.

              1. re: Adrienne

                I'll have to agree with Overweight's assessment. We stopped in about a month ago. We had several tapas plates, including the tuna tartar, which was literally inedible (to their credit, they did take it off the bill). Our major complaint was the price/value equation, which we found to be quite out of balance. There's just nothing at Baru that we found to justify the pricing or bring us back again. For tapas, Vega is so far superior to Baru that it's not even worth the discussion.