James Beard: Best Chef South Nina Compton and husband/partner Larry Miller announced that their flagship restaurant Compère Lapin will be reopening its doors to the public on Wednesday, November 11. With the reopening will come some exciting new dishes; as well as the implementation of enhanced safety protocols, with guidance of the CDC, local government and health officials, including socially distanced tables, extensive sanitation and mask requirements for all staff and guests, when not seated at their table. While keeping safety a top priority, guests can expect the same high-level of quality and service that has earned Compère Lapin raves and accolades since first opening in 2015.
“We wanted to wait until we knew we could give our customers the experience they’re used to, while still keeping our staff and guests safe,” says Compton. “We can’t wait to get back into the restaurant and see all of the familiar faces who’ve been a part of the CL family since we opened.”
The restaurant will reopen with Dinner only, Wednesday – Sunday from 5:30PM – 9:30PM, with additional days and meal periods to come. Diners can expect Compton’s bold, flavorful cuisine – a harmonious blend of her Caribbean roots, French training and Italian technique. Signature must-have dishes include Conch Croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce; Spiced Pig Ears with smoked aioli; Snapper Pepper Pot with semolina dumplings; and the famed Curried Goat with sweet potato gnocchi and cashews. New plates include Crispy Fried Pickles with “Comeback Sauce;” Chickpea Dahl with cilantro yogurt and roti; Caribbean Chopped Salad; Spiced Half Chicken with red rice and chow chow; Ricotta Agnolotti with butternut squash and mint; and more. Sweet treats include Banana & Nutella Zeppoles with rum caramel; Soursop Cheesecake with guava and cheese ice cream; and Chocolate Mousse with fresh mint and mango ice cream.
The cocktail program at Compère Lapin has always been front and center and imbibers can expect the same thoughtfully crafted beverages that earned the restaurant multiple awards including the 2019 Tales of the Cocktail “Best American Hotel Bar.” The signature Copper Bunny returns with a flavorful concoction of Absolut Elyx, pineapple-jalapeño tequila and ginger, topped with Champagne and served in an actual copper bunny; as well as elevated classics and a rotating selection of daquiris.
Compère Lapin, located in The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery at 535 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans, will serve dinner Wednesday – Sunday from 5:30PM – 9:30PM. Valet parking is $5 and ample municipal parking is available
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