Uptown residents will get their fill of Mediterranean food when two new restaurants open this spring at opposite corners of Magazine and Bordeaux streets.
Israeli spot Tal's Hummus will open in May in the former McClure's Barbecue space (4800 Magazine St.). Cater-corner to Tal's, 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; www.dorismetropolitan.com). Sharon first met that 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 friends, he says. Sharon relocated to New Orleans and began working in the bakery department of the French Quarter restaurant.
The Magazine Street spot will be his first solo venture in the city. The menu will feature a mix of Mediterranean standbys and classic Israeli dishes including hummus, stuffed pastries called burekas, vegetable and grain salads and 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.
The owners of Shahrazad Cafe 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. There is no word on when the new spot will open.