Many of us eat with our eyes, for obvious reasons. If something looks good, you would expect it to taste good. The next sense we eat with is our nose. If it smells good, you expect it to taste good. We then continue to eat with the mouth, if the above two senses register a positive feel.
Well, recently I dined at Bistro Orleans, a restaurant that moved to a new larger location a few months ago and I’d heard very good things about it. Before I tell you about my experience, I want you also to know this restaurant (in their old location) was featured on the TV show called “Hungry Investors” that features John Besh, one of the best chefs in the country, who has several restaurants in and around New Orleans. He and the other two hosts tasted their Seafood Gumbo and they were shocked at the lack of taste and, as John Besh said, “this has no seasoning”. The owner insisted that the clients love it and he sells 10 gallons/week.
Okay, so here was my experience. They have two gumbos on their menu: Shrimp & Okra Gumbo and a Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, both at $5.50 for a cup and $8.50 for a bowl. I ordered the Chicken & Andouille Gumbo. My eyes told me I was in for a great gumbo, but my nose told me the opposite. As you can see in the photo, it looks great but there was no Gumboroma. This was the first gumbo I’ve tried that had NO Gumboroma. There was plenty of stuff with small pieces of chicken and Andouille and some mystery items (it could have been skin from the chicken). As expected, it had no seasoning which meant it had no taste. Even the Andouille had no taste. Another first for me. The rice tasted better than the gumbo and the French bread was better than the rice.
On a positive note, they have an extensive menu of Louisiana and Italian dishes, they serve very large portions and the prices are very reasonable.
Bistro Orleans’ Chicken & Andouille Gumbo
3216 W. Esplanade Ave.
Metairie, LA 70002
7 days: L/D