News From the Kitchen
Gabrielle, Curio, St. Cecilia
Chef Greg Sonnier, his wife Mary and daughter Gabie have reopened Gabrielle in a newly-renovated space on Orleans Ave. Chef Sonnier describes his cooking as Cajun, and the menu returns modern classics such as the slow-roasted duck, braised rabbit and oysters Gabie to the New Orleans dining scene. The dining room seats 45-50 comfortably, with additional space at the bar; large format photographs and paintings by Ted Bertrand, of Opelousas, adorn the walls. Gabrielle, 2441 Orleans Ave., dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-10, weeknights, and 5:30-11, Friday – Saturday, 603-2344.
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts continues adding restaurants with the opening of Curio. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Hayley Vanvleet, features an eclectic menu with influences from southern Cajun, Creole, Italian, French, Japanese and Indian cuisines. Vanvleet has worked at Meauxbar, Peche, Cochon Butcher and Kingfish. Curio features two floors of dining rooms and a wrap-around porch on the second. Curio, 301 Royal St., open 7 days, 11-11 Monday-Thursday, 11-midnight on Saturday, 9- midnight on Saturday, and 9 -11 on Sunday, 717-4198, CurioNOLA.com.
St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and artists, and also the name of a restaurant that opened in February facing the French Market in the Quarter. It’s owned by the same folks behind St. Lawrence, the gastropub on S. Peters street on the Uptown side of the French Quarter. Both restaurants feature craft beers, but there’s more of an emphasis on cocktails at St. Cecelia, and the menu is a bit more “upscale.” St. Cecilia, 91 French Market Place, open Monday and Thursday from 10-11, and Friday and Saturday from 9- 11; closed Tuesday and Wednesday, 522-5851, StCeciliaNOLA.com.