My son and I came here during our vacation. The night before he had chosen The Gumbo Shop and what a disappointment that was: LONG wait, cramped table and mediocre food. Nirvana was MY choice and both my son and I agreed this was the BEST food we had on our entire vacation. The flavors were so amazing we are still talking about this place as the zenith of cuisine to aspire to. We live in CA and my son found a restaurant here also called Nirvana. The CA Nirvana (no affiliation to the New Orleans location) was very good food but nothing compared to the Nirvana in New Orleans. If you have the good fortune of living in New Orleans, this is the place to eat.