Deja Vu is a small restaurant in the industrial section of down town Memphis. Labeled as a creole and...vegetarian (and we don't get many vegetarian options in this city) eatery, Deja Vu has many traditional New Orleans options and the prices are extremely reasonable.
Only open for about a year, Deja Vu gets most of its business from people working downtown.
A popular lunch spot, this restaurant only has six four-top tables within its bright yellow walls. Come early or arrive late to aviod missing one of these coveted spaces.
The hubby and I decided to check out Deja Vu one weekday afternoon not too long ago. We arrived right at 11:00am and were the first to arrive.
I ordered the honey roasted chicken (dark meat, of course) with candied yams and oven roasted potatoes and Tom ordered the crawfish etouffe with smothered okra and citrus spinach. My honey roasted chicken wound up being fried and the covered in a sweet, tangy honey glaze. I got two legs and one thigh along with my two sides and a piece of cornbread for only $6.99. The chicken was tender, juicy and the sauce was to die for. I wish the potates were a little crispier, but the flavor was delicious. The yams were standard fare, but didn't fall into the trap of being too sweet like some preparations can tend to be.
Tom's etouffe had a nice spicy flavor. It was incrediby well-seasoned, chunky and thick, like it should be. It was served over perfectly cooked, fluffy white rice, and was well complimented by his choice of sides. The okra was covered in tomatoes and onions and was a nice derivation from the usual fried option. I found the spinach to be a bit bland, but he liked it a lot.
To finish off our meal, we decided on the bread pudding, which was my only real complaint of the entire meal. While the bread pudding itself had a nice texture, the inclusion of unconventional fruit (pineapple and peaches to name a couple) were a bit off-putting and there was an overwhelming flavor of cinnamon and cloves that was just not tasty. It tasted like tree bark.
Final Impressions: Go early to avoid the lunch rush, and avoid the bread pudding all together. If you're jonesing for dessert, I hear the peach cobbler is very good. I will take that route on my next visit. Otherwise, the food is well-prepared (cooked to order), well-seasoned and definitely authentic.
Tom's Favorite: Crawfish Etouffe
Tiffany's Favorite: Honey Roasted Chicken
Tiffany's Rating (With Bread Pudding) :) :) 1/2 out of :) :) :) :)
Tiffany's Rating (Without Bread Pudding) :) :) :) out of :) :) :) :)
Deja Vu Restaurant
936 Florida Street
Memphis TN, 38106
Average Sandwich Price: $6-$9
Average Dessert Price: $4