New Year’s Light & Fit ‘Menu Résolution’ The Toast Of Arnaud’s
Arnaud’s main dining room
When Arnaud’s Restaurant opened its doors at 813 Bienville St. almost a century ago, owner “Count” Arnaud Cazenave featured a vast French-Creole menu including nine oyster appetizers, 51 seafood entrees and 40 vegetables including 16 different potato sides.
Current owners Katy and Archie Casbarian, along with their mother Jane, are continuing the Classic Creole tradition catering to gourmet and casual patrons alike with its special Menu Résolution, a three-course health conscious menu to be served throughout the month of January.
“Arnaud’s is nearing its 100th anniversary in 2018,” Katy Casbarian, co-owner of Arnaud’s said. “Through the years, we’ve remained committed to staying true to the vision of founder Arnaud Cazenave and our father, Archie Casbarian, who purchased the restaurant from the Cazenaves [in 1978]. Part of that is reinvigorating the cuisine to maintain relevancy and awareness, but also to ensure we’re offering menu items to our guests that speak to where they are in that moment.”
Capitalizing on universal New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy and lose weight, Arnaud’s is offering its Menu Résolution through Tuesday, Jan. 31.
“The New Year is a time when a lot of us are working on our waistlines, so we thought we’d help out by having Chef Tommy DiGiovanni create some lighter options, without compromising the big flavors Creole cuisine is beloved for,” Casbarian said. “We launched the Menu Résolution three years ago based on feedback from diners, and we just had to bring it back and plan to do so for years to come.”
“It takes the guesswork out of ordering from a menu that features traditional Creole flavors and local ingredients in a lighter style,” she said.
Arnaud’s Menu Résolution includes:
Appetizers (choice of)
Charred tomato, Kalamata olives, oregano and lemon
BLACK-EYED PEA SOUP
Cilantro and red pepper olive oil
Spinach, rainbow carrots and fennel broth
Entrées (choice of)
Glazed with honey and basil
Served with haricot verts and golden beet salad
PAN SEARED BLACK DRUM
Served with roasted corn and poblano pepper salsa, and wilted arugula with jalapeño vinegar
ROASTED FREE RANGE CHICKEN
Orange gastrique, mushrooms and wild rice pilaf
Desserts (choice of)
Pear cake and whipped crème fraîche
“While many of our items are decadent, our menu is also comprised of dishes that feature the best products from our local land and waters, such as grilled pompano, smoked pompano, sautéed drum, roasted quail and local produce,” Casbarian said. “Arnaud’s offers light and fit menu items on its à la carte menu year around.”
“You’ll see the Menu Résolution is jam-packed with superfoods, nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being,” she said. “From Sea Scallops served with rainbow carrots and spinach, to Roasted Free Range Chicken with mushrooms and wild rice pilaf, guests will be eating light without compromising flavor and enjoyment. Even better, our light and fit menu includes two options for a guilt-free dessert!”
Arnaud’s Menu Résolution costs $45.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Located steps from Bourbon Street, Arnaud’s also offers live Dixieland Jazz in the Jazz Bistro, romantic dinners in the Main Dining Room, cocktails in the award-winning French 75 Bar, an assortment of private French Quarter fine dining rooms and is open nightly from 6:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
“With a true focus on hospitality and making every guest happy, I’m confident both Arnaud and our father would not only be fond of the Menu Résolution but would enjoy it themselves,” Casbarian said.
813 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Serving Dinner nightly from 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Jazz Brunch served from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.