The corner of Magazine and Bordeaux streets will soon be home to two new Mediterranean restaurants, Tal's Hummus and Shahrazad Cafe.
Uptown residents will get their fill of Mediterranean food when two new restaurants open this spring at the same intersection.
Israeli spot Tal’s Hummus is opening next month in the former McClure’s Barbecue
space (4800 Magazine St.) at the corner of Magazine and Bordeaux streets, across from neighborhood institution Le Bon Temps Roule (4801 Magazine St., 504-895-8117), Catty corner to the new restaurant, Mediterranean concept Shahrazad Cafe (4739 Magazine St.) is set to open in what was once the barbershop and salon Sade’s Amour.
Tal’s Hummus is owned by Tal Sharon, who until recently worked at French Quarter steakhouse Doris Metropolitan
(620 Chartres St., 504-267-3500).
Sharon first met the restaurant’s part-owner Doris Rebi Chia while living in Costa Rica, where the flagship Doris Metropolitan restaurant is located. Sharon owned two restaurants in a small beach town and the two became quick friends, he says.
After jetting back and forth between Costa Rica and New York, Sharon took his friend’s advice and relocated to New Orleans, where he began working in the bakery department of the French Quarter restaurant.
The Magazine Street spot will be his first solo venture in the city, and Sharon says he hopes to open by mid-May.
The menu will feature a mix of Mediterranean standbys and classic Israeli dishes including hummus, stuffed pastries called burekas, vegetable and grain salads and Sharon’s house-baked pita bread.
“It’s going to be a paradise for vegetarians,” Sharon says, adding that 90 percent of the menu will be vegetable-based.
Little is known of what Sharon’s neighbor Shahrazad Cafe has in store. The owners could not be reached for comment. A sign on the building’s window indicates that Mediterranean food, including seafood, vegetarian dishes and breakfast, will be served.
No word on when the new spot will open.