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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cafe Arabesque Restaurant Review: THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS CLOSED The dishes on Café Arabesque's menu come from around the world, thanks to chef-owner Sandra Bahhur's globetrotting experiences, taking her between her family's heritage in the Middle East and the U.S. A hometown vibe rules at this intimate, casual café that is distinctly New Orleans. The menu's strength is right up front with its list of Middle Eastern-style appetizers and the selection of French and Spanish tapas-style first courses. The dense, moist kibbeh of ground beef, lamb and bulgur wheat encased in a crisp shell is highly recommended, as is the thick, smoky baba ghanouj. Escargots are prepared in the traditional French manner with a zesty green sauce of parsley, garlic and butter. Entrées are less exciting but reliable bets include the redfish wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled, the filet mignon with a dash of chimichurri, and the Moroccan chicken tagine with its bold flavors of lemon, garlic and olives. The brief wine list has a few bargain South American reds, though the house-made sangría seems most popular on warmer nights.