Located at Legaspi Street of the then newly burgeoning Greenbelt area of Makati, it was a mecca for lovers of jazz and cajun cuisine.
Many of you still remember that ... don't deny
I can still picture you snapping your fingers and swaying your heads to the beat of Louis Armstrong
"I see trees of green -red roses too ..."
Hmmmmmm "what a wonderful world" and time that was ...
Sadly - the resto/bar was gobbled up by the rapid development in the area and eventually faded into the territory of fond memories after a 12 year run.
It was missed terribly
This week - almost a decade later - it has resurrected itself.
It's about time ...
Raymund Magdaluyo of the Red Crab group has partnered with his grandfathers best friend Murray Hertz of the original Greenbelt resto to open "Murray's New Orleans" at the Global City's Bonifacio High Street.
It was its first weekend
A 5-man brass group greeted us with ... "Oh when the saints ... oh when the saints go marchin' in "
A touch of Louisiana
A taste of New Orleans
An open air but climate -controlled bar area welcomed us
We chatted with the visibly proud Murray - the maaaaan
Raymund spent time explaining the concept
And the history ...
I listened as if I didn't know ... and told him that my father remembered the place :-)
Inside was a Bourbon Street setting
Complete with iron-grilled faux balcony ledges
And the wonderful touch of having cymbals on the ceiling acting as light reflectors cum shades
Cajun/Creole is a tricky cuisine
Despite the many variants of each dish, there is a certain correctness of taste that one expects if one would be a fan of the cuisine
This resto had it correct ...
Oysters Rockefeller @320pesos
Bloody Mary Oysters @330pesos
Seafood Jambalaya @320pesos
Killer Lobster @443.52pesos
Baked Blackened Chicken @308pesos
And a couple of Black Russians from the bar ...
Just like its namesake city in the United States
New Orleans has risen from oblivion ...
Check it out
Relive the legend
1F14 Bonifacio High Street
Global City, Taguig