We planned to just walk from my parents’ place, but it was a rainy night so we drove instead. The VIP dinner reservations started around 6pm, but since Lance and I both worked that day, we scheduled our dinner for 7:30pm. We got the last parking spot, so clearly many people had already arrived to the event earlier. It’ll be interesting to see how their relatively small parking lot handles the crowds once they open. I’m assuming the first week or two will be insane since they already have over 12,000 facebook fans – and their sister restaurant Datz is always packed.
They did a fantastic job designing the interior to look like an authentic New Orleans restaurant – you almost forget that you’re in Florida. The décor feels like a modern blend of a French Quarter townhouse and a ritzy parlor of a mansion on St. Charles Avenue.
The cuisine is described as “Creole Nouvelle” – a blend of all the diverse influences of New Orleans cooking. They serve traditional dishes with a modern twist.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect for the dinner – we figured that it would be a limited prix-fix menu with a small sampling of their food. But our server, AJ, informed us that we were welcome to order anything on the food & drink menu that we’d like!
The food was all incredible – you can tell they did their research to perfect the best Creole-style recipes. The gumbo was packed with seafood – shrimp, crab, redfish, trout, and crawfish. It was a bit spicy, but the pecan wild rice balanced out the heat.
The drinks were made of anise simple syrup, St. George NOLA coffee liqueur, Teeling Irish whiskey, espresso, and anise whipped cream. I loved my drink – but unfortunately I don’t do so well with caffeine late at night, so it kept me from sleeping soundly last night. It would be alright for someone who drinks coffee on a regular basis (Lance has several cups of black coffee every day so it didn’t affect him…)
Roux is located at 4205 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33611 – they haven’t posted their hours yet, but once they are open, they will serve lunch and dinner.