It’s hard to describe Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood in the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, 9380 Central Ave., D’Iberville, without commenting on its elegance.
High ceilings, high-back chairs, beautifully set tables, and rich-colored carpets all welcome you graciously and warmly to one of the most beautiful fine-dining restaurants on the Coast.
The service is just as sharp. Guests are warmly greeted at the door, seated, and the servers are quick to appear at your table.
I am always impressed when a restaurant greets guests with an amuse-bouche — a French term that translates to ‘amuse mouth’ — which is a bite-size snack the chef sends to tables as an additional greeting.
We received a wonderful arancini, which is a famous fried Sicilian risotto ball, this time flavored with Parmigiana Reggiano and a light Pomodoro sauce. Delightful.
The menu is well-chosen, covering all the basics from land, sea and a few house specialties. It would be easy to make a full meal from the handful of appetizers listed (and that is what we did), with almost a dozen from which to choose.
Perhaps the highlight of the meal was the foie gras on French toast ($20). It was served on battered and fried brioche, with hazelnut butter and a berry compote.
Foie gras is always rich and creamy and is made even more wonderful if you have a glass of equally rich pinot noir at hand.
The second appetizer we chose was the fried green tomatoes ($15), and they were perfectly cooked and absolutely covered with crab meat and a roasted garlic remoulade.
Chef Anthony Rametta came by our table and suggested we try the Caprese salad ($15), as the mozzarella is house-made, along with a fig reduction. It was a delicious choice.
Looking over the main courses, the 16-ounce USDA prime New York strip ($48) was a standout choice and our server suggested the D’Ibeville topping as the most popular. It is composed of crawfish, charred tomatoes and mushrooms.
One of the house specialties that looked irresistible, was the Veal Milanese ($46). It is served with arugula, baby heirloom tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano with butter and lemon sauce.
A tray of desserts passed by our table, all of which our server assured us were house-made, and if I had a sweet tooth, they would have been hard to resist.
Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood
Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, 9380 Central Ave., D’Iberville
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday