Compère Lapin – An Essence Festival Must (Video)

It’s Essence Festival Time again (July 5-8), and you can bet the 100,000 plus attendees will be looking to experience the unique culinary that is New Orleans.

Compere Lapin
Courtesy of Compère Lapin

So if you are one of the lucky attendees this year, or you simply live in the Big Easy, your first restaurant choice should be Compère Lapin (kom-pare la-pan)—and the awarding winning cuisine of owner Nina Compton.

Compton, who hails from Saint Lucia, is a culinary treasure. Just last month she won the James Beard Award as Best Chef; South. In 2017, she was named Food & Wines Best New Chefs. A year earlier, NOLA.com The-Times Picayune named Compére Lapin it’s restaurant of the year. She’s also appeared on Bravo Network’s program Top Chef. Take a look at Food & Wine’s interview above to learn more about Nina.

Compère Lapin
Courtesy of Compère Lapin

Located in the Warehouse District at 535 Tchoupitoulas, the menu at Compére Lapin is influenced by Compton’s Caribbean roots and her experience cooking at high-end Italian and French restaurants.

The lunch menu features a main entreé of a Cornmeal Crusted Catfish Sandwich and Eggplant Ravioli. Appetizers include a Chef’s Selection of Cheese/Bellgarde Ciabatta and Marinated Shrimp/Roasted Jalapeno Jus. Dinner offers Cold Smoked Tuna Tartare/Avocado Crispy Bananas, Curried Goat and Roasted Half Chicken.

For those of you going to Essence, our advice, get there early. To take a sneak peak at their menu CLICK HERE.

Compton has recently opened a second New Orleans restaurant Bywater American Bistro at 2900 N. Chartres St. You can read about Bywater American Bistro in Food & Wine.

Michael Gordon Bennett
Michael Gordon Bennett

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