After reading Michel Richard’s Happy in the Kitchen, I was excited about the prospects of trying out one of his restaurants. My family and I wanted a fairly casual atmosphere so we opted for Central instead of Citronelle. And now I have mixed feelings about my first venture here.
The ambience is quite colorful, but LOUD. I had trouble holding a conversation with my mother because our words were often lost in the chaos. But our server was quite nice, though he gave my mother the wrong knife (instead of a steak knife, she dealt with what seemed like a blunt edge). And it took quite some time before empty plates were cleared off from the table.
I will say that the food was quite delicious. The oysters were phenomenal. So much so my sister and I ended up starting the meal with half a dozen and ending it with another half dozen. We each enjoyed the appetizers as well. We had Michel’s charcuteries plate, which featured smooth pate, light prosciutto and two different salumi. I really enjoyed my scallops and tagliatelle. My mother was ambivalent to her ribeye steak. And I managed to sample a bit of my sister’s lamb shank. I’d say the lamb shank was the best out of the three – it fell right off the bone. For dessert, we split the creme brulee, which was…eh.
The meal came up to $200 for 3, including tip. While I felt that $32 for a dozen awesome oysters was fine, the price seems a bit steep for everything else. I usually don’t care too much about the cost of food if the meal is spectacular, but this visit fell a bit short.