Having lunch at Nina Compton’s Compere Lapin is just too easy. They’re on OpenTable, it’s a very short walk from the Quarter (with easier parking), and if you’re staying at the Old No. 77, it’s even the room service. If you’ve watched Top Chef, you know that this is Nina Compton’s still-newish place that she wished to make after living and falling in love with New Orleans during the 2013 TC season.
Here, seated along the far wall with a view of the quite long bar:
First brought to the table are biscuits with columns of perfect cylindrical butter.
That biscuit really deserves its own image. Tall and light and laminated so lots of buttery layers
The ‘hot fire chicken with pickles’ for lunch
perfectly crunchy crust on the chicken (though not especially spicy) with nice bite of quick-pickle alongside and atop
Afterward, a complimentary scoop of mango sorbet. Perfect way to finish.
Next time, if it’s still on the menu: trying the curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi and cashews
The new season of Top Chef begins December 1 in Charleston with newcomers vs. returning chefs. Among the new: Jim Smith, who’s the ‘executive chef of the State of Alabama’