Here at Lonny, we're always on the lookout for the next great design trend—or, at the very least, one that will work just as well in our own homes as the bars, restaurants, shops, and hotels that often serve as our home-away-from-homes. So when our friends at Spot shared this gem of a brasserie in New Orleans's up-and-coming arts district, we couldn't help but take notice of all the design fodder. Want a fresh take on the gallery wall? Behold the power of mirrors. Need to update your bathroom floors? There's a mosaic-tile pattern for that. And don't even get us started on the potential of those bentwood chairs in a dining room. Here's the low-down.
WHAT: Compère Lapin. The name, French for “brother rabbit,” was pulled from the Caribbean folktales about a rascally rabbit that inspired the St. Lucia-born chef Nina Compton (whom you might recognize from Top Chef: New Orleans). WHERE: In the ground floor of The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans’ warehouse-turned-arts district, a downtown neighborhood hitting its stride. VIBE: Though new (it opened in June 2015), Compère Lapin is already a triple threat: inventive restaurant and raw bar, top-shelf cocktail joint with plenty of stools up for grabs, and quick-hit espresso bar brewing a custom roast by French Truck and selling grab-and-go pastries. GO FOR: Compton shines when it comes to dishes that show off her Caribbean roots. For brunch this means goat bolognese with potato gnocchi, and zucchini-and-corn fritters. For dinner, it’s conch croquettes, pici pasta with lobster, and even more goat (a completely underrated meat, might we add), this time curried and served with plantain gnocchi.