Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Irene’s Cuisine - A Closer Look at 529 Bienville Street, New Orleans

"Began the evening with a drink at one of my favorite dive bars, Chart Room..."

Irene’s Cuisine - A Closer Look at 529 Bienville Street

Began the evening with a drink at one of my favorite dive bars, Chart Room, which is still inexpensive and still feels like a neighborhood joint.  Some of Chart Room's regular customers have been going there for fifty years.  Those who haven't croaked.  After a drink in "da Quarter," it was time for serious dining.

Hopefully, little had changed.  Particularly, the food.  And please, I asked the gods, don’t let them jack with the architecture, or with the charming interior décor, decorative ceramic platters, wooden wine barrels.   Or with the steamed mussels in wine sauce and marinara prepared exactly the way one finds it in Sicily.  Irene’s Cuisine had moved from St. Philip Street to Bienville Street, in January, I believe, and I was about to eat at their new location.

The moment I spotted the new Bienville Street building’s brick walkway and antique brick exterior, stepped inside and saw the exquisite woodwork, had a cocktail in the elegant bar, I knew everything would be perfect.  While we studied the wine menu, we were served complimentary hor d’oeuvres - plates of tomato bruschetta.  There is nothing like being back in Nawlins.

What did I eat at the new Irene’s Cuisine on Bienville?  Lamb a’la Provence, grilled lamb chops with fresh rosemary in port wine demi-glace.  At my request, the restaurant substituted sautéed spinach for "garlic potato mash" and haricot verts.  Donnie ate ribeye in wine reduction sauce, and Allyson and Taylor, each, ate Lasagna Bolognese made with veal, Italian sausage and marinara, topped with fried eggplant.  We drank a bottle of Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo.  Actually, we drank two.


Images Posted by Irene's Cuisine

Brick Walkway to Irene’s Cuisine - 529 Bienville Street, New Orleans
Irene's Bar
Irene's Lamb a’la Provence
Irene's Lasagna

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