Donald Link’s new restaurant opens at the Four Seasons Hotel

The Four Seasons Hotel finally sets the official opening date for Chemin à la Mer, the new restaurant from the award-winning chef Donald Link.

Chemin à la Mer, French for “pathway to the sea,” opens on the hotel’s fifth floor with sweeping, panoramic views of the Mississippi River on Nov. 26.

Source: Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans

Link’s new restaurant will highlight Louisiana flavors — with French, Creole and Caribbean influences — mixing his local heritage with world travels.

“Donald’s concept here is a personal reflection of who he is, not only from what you find on your plate but in every detail,” Mali Carow, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans, said in a release.

Chemin à la Mer marks the Four Seasons New Orleans’ latest amenity, along with the Chandelier Bar and Alon Shaya’s Miss River, since the luxury hotel opened this summer.

Food by chef Donald Link of Chemin a la Mer at Four Seasons New Orleans on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

The menu will showcase a grand oyster bar, other Gulf seafood and specialty steaks.

Signature dishes at Chemin à la Mer include carvings of several classic cuts of steak, including A5 Kobe strip steak, pan-roasted filet mignon and cast iron-seared coulotte. A highlight is the Côte de Boeuf for two, carved tableside.

Entrees also include an Ōra King Salmon with French lentils; pan-seared jumbo shrimp served with white beans and pistou; domestic lamb with olive tapenade and garlic rosemary and charcuterie and foie gras inspired by Link’s trips to Paris and the Burgundy regions of France. The grand oyster bar will excite the palate with Gulf Coast oysters; snapper ceviche; steamed Louisiana shrimp and topping Le Grand Plat de Mer is a jumbo crab salad influenced by flavors found during Link’s travels to the French Antilles.

Food by chef Donald Link of Chemin a la Mer at Four Seasons New Orleans on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Link, who says the restaurant is “very personal” to him, looked to incorporate elements and inspirations from his life and travels for this new concept.

“This rich and sultry space reflects its name, ‘pathway to the sea,’ as the Mississippi River plays such a vital role in the fabric of New Orleans, from its commerce at the port to fishing and hunting along its basin to irrigation for crop production to serving as the greatest backdrop for a celebration of food,” Link said in a release.

Source: Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans

As the forthcoming restaurant’s name alludes, the design will incorporate the riverside location and connections to the natural landscapes of Louisiana.

“Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows provide immediate and spectacular views of the crescent bend for which the city is known, while the dining room interior is awash with a mixture of rich colors and accents that connect it visually to the river,” the hotel said in a release.

Other design elements will include an open floorplan to the pool area and outdoor deck seating for open-air, panoramic views of the Mississippi River.

Chemin à la Mer will open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is already taking reservations, via OpenTable or by phone 504-434-5100, for Nov. 26 and beyond.

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