Dining with the Louisiana Kid on Sat, 30 Nov 2013
From the above subject, you would have already guessed that we have plans to dine on Cajun food this coming Saturday. Firstly, apologies for the short notice which was unavoidable - but we always felt that it's also a good way to check on who's really serious about dining out on eclectic cuisines once a month.
And Cajun food is rather eclectic and even eccentric, being the result of the cooking style of the Arcadians, a bunch of trouble-making migrants deported from Canada by the British. The Arcadians were from French descent and adapted their French cooking to use lots of local ingredients while developing a taste for peppers and smoked meats - and catfish. Cajun is just the shortened slang pronunciation of Arcadian, by the way. But I should stop now else I will give the game away as I think it is really best that you sample classic Cajun dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, blackened catfish, etc, yourself on Saturday.
So for this month, the restaurant is Louisiana Kid on Alte Schönhauser Str. 2, 10119 Berlin, close by Rosa-Luxemburg Platz U-Bahn. It is not at all an expensive place, verging actually on being ridiculously cheap for the food you are getting - and from the pictures, the place looks pretty cool too. Their website is http://www.louisiana-kid.de if you wish to check them out.
The bad news is that closing date for this dinner is Thurs 28 Nov and everyone on the list will be informed by Fri 29 Nov as the dinner will be on Sat 30 Nov. It's a warming hearty sort of food, ideal for the weather in Berlin at the moment - so do think of an excuse to drop your current plans for Sat and come along! As usual, please confirm your numbers by email to Sylvia on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will respond straightaway. Hurry, please - time is running out even as you read this!
Chris (on behalf of Sylvia)
How it went on the night...
The Louisiana Kid has a very personal, relaxed ambiance. This sort of hits you when you go through the door. The decor and lighting is like a restaurant in New Orleans and this is clearly one of the plus points. The service throughout the meal was very good and quite fast. The main selling point of this place are the prices, which are quite reasonable being for a hotspot location in Mitte. The food however was a a bit of a miss. The Cajun dishes on the menu lack too much taste or flavour, and they do not feel special and different. Saying that though, the steaks and burgers coming out of the kitchen looked very nice so maybe we should have skipped Cajun and just ordered burgers. In short, this is a great little place in Mitte to have a quick bite to eat in a nice atmosphere, but not something for a real foodie.
Oh, and can you spot the youngest ever member of the dinner club? :o)