Broussard's reboots kitchen with chef Neal Swidler, formerly of Lucky Rooster and Emeril's Delmonico
By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
In August 2013, Broussard's reopened after a complete renovation. The restaurant, founded in 1920, hired two familiar faces: bartender Paul Gustings and manager Chris Ycaza. Now it also has a chef with a local track record: Neal Swidler.
Swidler most recently created the restaurant Lucky Rooster, which closed in September. Before Hurricane Katrina, he was the chef de cuisine at both NOLA and Emeril's Delmonico.
"I came in for dinner, looked at this handsome dining room," Swidler said, "and thought this brings back great memories of Delmonico."
Swidler's first day was Monday (Dec. 1).
The chef expects it will take several weeks to completely revamp Broussard's menu. He's starting by "lightening up" the sauces and garnishes on the current dishes.
Swidler plans to keep Broussard's Creole, but he'll add Caribbean flavors.
"It's part of our Creole heritage," he said. "That will keep things fresh and lively for the diners."
For example, he'll add a crab cake with mango butter, jicama slaw and grilled pineapple.
"I'm good at thematic cuisine," he said. "I'm good at getting the theme and not have it be hitting you over the head."
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, which also operates Kingfish and will soon reopen the Bombay Club, bought Broussard's in 2013. Initially, the company hired chef Guy Reinbolt, who created a traditional, continental menu.
"I'm honored to be here," Swidler said. "Getting back to my French roots is really appealing."
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