The reopening of Cafe Sbisa, the century-old brasserie on Decatur Street, is big news on lots of fronts. First of all, the place is an atmospheric stunner, with original wood, intimate balcony and... Read More
The reopening of Cafe Sbisa, the century-old brasserie on Decatur Street, is big news on lots of fronts. First of all, the place is an atmospheric stunner, with original wood, intimate balcony and patio dining and a staircase that harks back to a golden age. Chef Alfred Singleton, who worked his way up from busboy to chef until Katrina devastated the restaurant, is now back in the kitchen. And more than that, Singleton, who has spent the past decade working at restaurants including Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, is also a partner with owner Craig Napoli, whose seafood business assures the freshest gulf catch on the seafood-centric menu. Outstanding French-Creole cuisine including the likes of blue crabcakes and an amazing turtle soup laced with sherry is served under the watchful eyes of a bawdy George Dureau mural - which somehow survived the mold that bloomed after the flood. During Sunday brunch, live jazz fills the restaurant, providing a wonderful ambience for diners who can't wait to get at the diverse menu. Choices include Creole classics like crawfish and andouille omelette cheese grits). Other brunch possibilities include smoked salmon Benedict and crabmeat omelets.