La Louisiane: So Disappointing..
There is alot to say about this resto. The atmosphere is warm... and thats were it ends. The food was so outright sad. I am a Chef and I do have high expectations. but that being said I went to this restaurant with the love of Cajun cuisine and simple comfort food. I am not expecting beautiful constructed plates or over the top service. I want Cajun food. What I and my family was served was so far from it.
My girlfriend and I ordered the legendary Gumbo YaYa.. a standard Cajun soup that is one of the staples of this cuisine. We were served overcooked rice, burnt peppers, 3 overcooked small shrimp and smoothered in a quasi espangnole sauce. The espangnole sauce was so over thicken with floor that I bet if I baked it I could have made some sort of bread. I took one bite, knowing full while this was not what we order and was appuld. My taste bud were crying for mercy! I called the server over, politely not to make a scene in the resto and for my family. I asked her that she gave us the wrong dish. Thats when things got funny. She told me that no, I was wrong... this is Gumbo YaYa. I politely argued that indeed no, this is so far from it. This was slop. She then proceded to tell me that maybe it is me that doesn't know what the dish actually was! This did not sit well with me. I told her to take it back and bring my some Gumbo, soupish like dish! The server brought the dish back and gave us some Chicken Noodle soup and apologized that we didnt understand the dish. Nice touch...
The main, the Cajun Combo, was a nice display of consistency. At least the kitchen is consistent in the deliver of overcook, underseasoned garbage. Honestly folks, for the price you pay, and the place is not expensive, what a huge disappointment. The problem lies in the kitchen and I would know; this is what happens when cooks get lazy. I mean come on, I business is hard enough, if you don't have any love or passion move aside and stop ripping people off.
Stay away.... Trust me.
5850 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1X5, CA
scathing review... too bad, I use to like this place when I lived in the area, but that was a few years ago.
I do have to take issue though with the gumbo question. There are hundreds of different recipes for gumbo. All involve a thick soup that is thickened with okra, roux or file and served over rice. It may have been a bad gumbo, but hard to say that it wasn't a gumbo. Personally I for one prefer thick, dark Cajun gumbo to the lighter Creole versions; this is acheived by seriously cooking the roux.
This happens to be a favorite restaurant of mine; I have never been disappointed in any of the dishes I have ordered. It is unfortunate your experience; my taste buds are probably not as refined as yours but I have always enjoyed my meals there. :) Next time I am going to pay more attention and read up on my Cajun food
I don't necessarily consider La Louisiane a cajun mecca (gotta keep that one in...), nor do I consider it a true reflection of authenticity.
I was once a cook and have high expectations, but I feel that my expectations should be tempered by circumstance, venue, etc.
I don't have a particular penchant for La Louisiane, but I'd suggest the gentle reader to try it for what it is, then decide - even report back!
niliocrat, when they do have gator, its pretty dull...I'd suggest the very unCajun beef ribs...