Carmine’s to Open 1/16

January 10th, 2007

Carmine’s Creole Cafe & Blues will open at its new location, 818 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, on January 16th. In addition to the same authentic Cajun menu of the Carmine’s in Narberth, chef John Mims will also offer lighter fare, a full service bar, a bar menu that features New Orleans staples and live music 5 nights a week.

2 Responses to “Carmine’s to Open 1/16”

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  1. Lauren says:

    HORRIBLE SERVICE.

    decent food, horrible ambience.
    Do not recommend.

  2. John Rogers says:

    My wife and I ate at Carmines on Jan. 26th. I loved it; she did not.

    It is a loud, raucous crowded place. Though we were early for our reservation at 8, we were not seated until 9:30. Music and table noise are so loud that it is impossible to be heard without shouting, even while seated in the back. Service was overwhelmed but professional.

    Still, I liked this aspect of the place because I went for the food.

    I found the dishes I tried to be innovative and well executed. The crab bisque was not overly creamy, but the broth was rich and spicy and it had plenty of jumbo lump crabmeat. I loved it. Our croquette appetizer was awesome (I thought) but my wife was overwhelmed by the heat. I got the chef’s special: grouper. I couldn’t hear the waitress describe it, and if I had I probably wouldn’t have ordered it. I wouldn’t have thought you could get grouper to work with a silky butternut squash puree and a sweet wine reduction. But it was excellent and perfectly cooked. The salmon was prepared totally differently with a coconut broth – very good. My wife – who is not a big fan of creole spices – found her duck to be quite good, but she found her rice to be inedible (I helped her out).

    Overall, I found the place to be like an exotic vacation. My wife swears she’ll never go back.

    We’re married. Go figure.

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