Sunday, 17 May 2009

Old Orleans

Old Orleans attempts to bring to England a taste of 'The South'. Thus it's not surprising that there are very few vegetarian offerings and none of real interest. Unfortunately the menu only offers the bare minimum of vegetarian choices. The dull 'Spicy Bean Burger' makes another appearance, there is also a rather strange concoction of 'mushroom and Quorn fajitas', which makes little sense as fajitas are usually a mixture of red and green peppers, onions and chilli, all of which are vegetarian.

The other options include a rather uninspiring penne in a cream spinach sauce and the option which I had, 'Cajun Chicken Pasta', sans chicken. The menu offers this as an option so you think it wouldn't be too difficult but the dish was presented with chicken. The server quickly removed it after I brought their attention to it, and it was returned to me five minutes later, cold and with a bit of chicken still in it. I ate around the bit of chicken, but it was blatantly obvious that they had just returned it to the kitchen where someone attempted to pick the chicken out, missing a piece. Obviously this is fairly disturbing. Now I did not specifically tell my server that I was a vegetarian, but when ordering a meatless dish I really don't feel you should have to. Apart from the fact it was cold and I was nervous the entire time, the pasta was mediocre. Not spicy, as advertised and also not generous in quantity. It's something I imagine you could buy as a jar of sauce in the grocery store and throw over some cooked pasta, which is probably their recipe.

The ambiance was fairly mute and the service erratic. In the short time we were there we had three different servers wait on us, making it unclear who was actually our server. There's really not much more to say about Old Orleans, other than I genuinely wouldn't recommend it for nice meal as vegetarians were clearly an after thought for the producers of their menu.

Food: 3
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Price: ££

1 comment:

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