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Sylvain: A Fresh New Restaurant in the French Quarter

White bean and pancetta soup

New Orleans has experienced an explosion in new restaurants (many of which will be gracing these pages soon) on an unparalleled level in the past few weeks. One of these new restaurants is Sylvain, a collection of fantastic food and inspired cocktails. Located just a few blocks from Jackson Square, Sylvain has taken over a classic French Quarter building, complete with a serene courtyard in the back, far removed from the bustle of the Vieux Carré.

The massive Chick-Syl-vain sandwich

Sylvain peddles its wares for dinner seven days a week and offers the same menu for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. Although I’ve yet to see a menu or experience it myself, I’ve been told that Sylvain is now open for Brunch on Sundays with a new menu starting at 11:30am. Interested in a light meal? Sylvain has a handful of small plates and salads to choose from (or to mix and match), such as fried eggplant, chicken liver crostini or the asparagus and poached farmer’s egg salad. Need something a little heavier? There are a handful of sandwiches to work with, perhaps the tasty chick-syl-vain sandwich, a porchetta po-boy or the Sylvain burger. Time for a full-on dinner? The rest of the entrees can square you away, like the braised garlic sausage, crispy duck confit or the crispy pork shoulder.

Lancelot’s Deception

In addition to the food, Sylvain is ready to quench that thirst you built up walking around the French Quarter. Not only does Sylvain boast eleven specialty drinks, it’s bar is ready for just about anything you could throw at it. Featuring two of my more recent acquisitions to my bar (Death’s Door gin and Bols Genever), I highly recommend you check out a Lancelot’s Deception. Of course, the Aviation and Aunt Rose’s Ginger Boom Boom were winners as well.

Woops! A few bites in to the Pot de Creme

Sylvain didn’t stop with the entrees and the drinks, but went on through to dessert. I haven’t been able to work my way through all of them, but I was won over by something special: a chocolate dessert. Yeah, it’s true, I don’t really like chocolate. It just isn’t my first choice for dessert. Well, the Chocolate Pot de Creme came and was gone in a matter of seconds–somehow I just couldn’t stop myself.

Assuming the rest of our newcomers are anything like Sylvain, New Orleans will be heralding in an amazing new era of dining. Think on that for a second. Yeah, mind blowing, isn’t it?

625 Chartres St
(504) 265-8123
Mondays to Thursday 5:30 to 11:00
Friday and Saturdays 11:30-2:30 and 5:30-12:00
Sundays 11:30-2:30 and 5:30 to 10:00
All major credit cards accepted

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