Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar Lunch Menu

Cool Starters...
From the Oyster Bar
$ per dozen / $ per 1/2 dozen
Select Oysters on the Half Shell  $14 / $8

Boiled Shrimp
1/2 pound of shrimp served chilled with lemons & cocktail sauce  $12

Classic Colossal Shrimp Cocktail   $12

Iceberg Wedge Salad
tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, ranch dressing   $6

Little Caesar   $6

House Baby Mixed Greens Salad
tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, choice of dressing   $6


Hot Beginnings...
Oysters Desire
broiled oysters with garlic butter, parmesan cheese, & creole seasoning $1

BBQ Oysters
fried select oysters served with Desire BBQ sauce, & blue cheese dressing  $11

Fried Green Tomato Stack
fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce  $9

Fried Calamari 
spicy pomodoro sauce    $10

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp
jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic, rosemary & lemons in a rich worcestershire sauce, with garlic bread  $10

Beer Battered Onion Rings   $8

Crab Cakes
fried jumbo lump crabmeat served with spicy aioli and slaw  $12

Fried Pickles
honey mustard   $7

Slider Trio
kobe beef, bbq pulled pork, alligator with fried onions  $15

Creole Gumbo
shrimp, chicken, & smoked sausage  $8

Turtle Soup
New Orleans style soup with turtle, citrus, & sherry  $7


Po-Boys & Such...

Po-Boys served on Leidenheimer Bread and dressed (tomato, lettuce & mayo) with choice of french fries, potato salad, or sweet potato fries.

The Peacemaker
fried shrimp, oyster or combination po-boy  $14

Rockefeller Po-boy
fried oysters, spinach, herbsaint cream  $16

Shrimp Carbonara Po-boy
fried shrimp, bacon, crawfish cream  $16

BBQ Pulled Pork Po-boy   $12

Warm Roast Beef & Gravy Po-Boy  $12

Fried Catfish Po-Boy  $13

1/2 Muffaletta
toasted muffaletta bread with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone cheese & house made olive salad   $10


Bistro Grillers...
Grilled Angus Burger, Alligator Sausage or Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
8 oz. serving on a toasted brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo with choice of french fries, sweet potato fries or potato salad   $11

 

Customize your Sandwich: 
cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, american cheese, provolone cheese, blue cheese, bacon, fried pickles, fried onions, bourbon bbq sauce, red pepper aioli, coleslaw   $0.75 each

Grilled 8 oz. Chicken Breast
garlic, olive oil and lemon butter, steak fried potato, spring vegetables or southern greens with bacon   $16

Grilled Double Pork "Chops"
bourbon barbecue cream, steak fried potatoes, spring vegetables or southern greens with bacon   $18



Super Salads...
Baby Spinach Salad
candied pecans, fried onions, dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, red grapes, praline vinaigrette   $11
add grilled chicken or shrimp  $16

Grilled Chicken or Shrimp Caesar
croutons, parmesan crisps  $14

Grilled Chicken Cajun Cobb
mixed greens, hardboiled egg, cheddar cheese, charred tomato, bacon, creole green goddess dressing  $14

Seafood "Louie"siana Salad
boiled shrimp, lump crab, iceberg and romaine lettuce, brandied louie dressing, hardboiled egg, grape tomato, cucumber, black olive, green onions   $16


Desire Specialties
New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp
jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic, rosemary & lemons in a rich worcestershire
sauce, with garlic bread 
$19

Crawfish Etouffe
sauteed tails, cajun brown sauce served over rice  $15

Jambalaya
shrimp, chicken, sausage and rice simmered in tomatoes and spices   $14

Shrimp Creole
shrimp simmered in a creole tomato sauce with celery, peppers, & onions over steamed rice  $15

Red Beans & Rice
New Orleans creamy style red beans & rice with grilled sausage  $12

Desire Shrimp & Grits
yellow stone ground grits, shrimp and tasso ham in roasted red pepper cream  $20

Creole Trio
A combination platter of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice with smoked sausage  $20


Fried Seafood Platters...
All seafood platters are fried Southern style in cornmeal batter, served with house made hushpuppies, coleslaw, tartar sauce, lemons and choice of: french fries, sweet potato fries or loaded baked potatoes.

Oysters, Shrimp or Crab Cakes  $19
Catfish Platter  $16
Combo Platter
shrimp, oysters, crawfish, catfish, crab cakes  $27


Pasta, Pasta...
Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo   $15

Crawfish and Bacon Carbonara
penne pasta   $16

Grilled Chicken Primavera
fettuccine pasta, spring vegetables, tomato and basil sauce  $16

Jambalaya Penne Pasta
chicken, shrimp, sausage, parmesan cheese, onions, peppers, garlic, spices, creole tomato cream   $17

Fettuccine and Alligator Meatballs
tomato sauce piquant, parmesan cheese and parsley   $15


Bayous and Bays...
Sauteed Fresh Market Fish
lump crab, caper piccata sauce, steamed rice, spring vegetables  $25

Green Onion Crusted Ahi Tuna
orange-molasses beurre blanc, fried sweet potatoes, spring vegetables   $23


Lagniappe
Hushpuppies  $4
French Fries  $4
Spring Vegetables  $6
Coleslaw  $4
Potato Salad  $4
Loaded Sonesta Potato  $6
Sweet Potato Fries  $4
Onion Rings  $6
Stone Ground Grits $4
Rice $4
Southern Greens $6


Desserts
Desire's Famous Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce  $6
Royal Sonesta Chocolate Cake  $6
Rue Vanilla Ice Cream
per scoop  $3


Beer On Tap
Premium Draft glass / pitcher  $7 / $20
Domestic Draft glass/pitcher  $6 / $18


Bottled Beer
Domestics
budweiser, bud light, coors light, michelob ultra, miller lite, & o'douls non-alcoholic  $5

Premium/Imports
amstel light, shiner bock, corona, newcastle, & heineken  $6

Local & Micro Brews
abita turbodog, jockamo IPA, purple haze, restoration ale, and shiner bock  $6


New Orleans Specialty Drinks
Plaquemines Hurricane
a traditional hurricane with a twist - absolut mandarin & a splash of oj  $9

Category 5 Hurricane
light rum & fruit juices topped with myer's
rum 
$9

Big Easy Lemonade
a refreshing mixture of lemonade & citrus flavored vodka  $9

Desire Cooler
a Royal Sonesta original - rum, banana liqueur, & fruit juices  $8

Sazerac
a New Orleans original made with bitters,
herbsaint, & rye 
$8

Ramos Gin Fizz
gin, orange flower water, cream & sugar  $8

Mint Julep
a traditional southern treat of muddled mint & bourbon  $9

Cajun Blood Mary
spicy bloody mary with absolut peppar  $9


Wine - Glass/Bottle
Kenwood Champagne  $8 / $36
Hogue Shiraz  $7 / $32
Beringer White Zinfandel  $6 / $30
Echelon Pinot Noir  $8 / $36
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc  $8 / $36

Chalone Merlot  $8 / $36
Edmeades Red Zinfandel  $12 / $52

Danzante Pinot Grigio  $8 / $36
Frei Brothers Chardonnay  $9 / $39
Merryvale Chardonnay  $10 / $42
Main Street Cabernet  $9 / $39


Beverages - small / large
Hot Chocolate  $5
Tea - Hot or Iced  $3
Coffee - Regular or Decaf  $4
Spring Water  $4 / $6
San Pellegrino  $4 / $6
Evian  $4 / $6
Soft Drinks
coke, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale  $3
Bottled Barq's Root Beer  $4
Abita Root Beer Draft  $5