Couvant restaurant reopens downtown after two years with new chef, menu

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - Couvant, the downtown restaurant at the Eliza Jane Hotel, reopens after two years on Thursday, March 17.

The French brasserie, located at 315 Magazine Street, returns for the first time since closing in March 2020 during the pandemic shutdowns at the height of the coronavirus crisis.

Couvant will open its doors with a new executive chef leading the charge, Ryan Pearson. Pearson, a New Orleans native returns home after spending several years cooking in restaurants in France and New York.

Inspired by his past travels, professional experiences and home state of Louisiana, Pearson describes the new menu as “elevated French cuisine infused with Southern soul.”

“I was fortunate to work under some amazing chefs at many high-level restaurants, but always knew that I would find my way back home,” Pearson said in a release. “I feel extremely privileged to join the culinary scene of this incredible city and share my experiences through food with both locals and visitors.”

Upon reopening, the Couvant will offer both breakfast and dinner service with plans to expand its offerings to include lunch and brunch service later this year. Reservations are open via Resy.

Dinner menu offerings include crispy chickpea fries with garlic aioli; Gulf fish rillette served with pickles and toasted bread; baby beet salad (marinated baby beets, romaine spears, local strawberries and a Creole cream cheese mousse); pate en croute (duck and pork, dried fruit mostarda and pickles); brioche crusted veal (milk-fed veal in a crisp brioche crust, crushed potatoes, king trumpet mushrooms and sauce diable); and cote de beuf for two (pan-roasted, dry-aged ribeye, bone marrow crusted potato gratin, roasted mushrooms and a black garlic bordelaise).

Couvant’s wine list showcases a variety of sustainably farmed French and European wines from small growers in classic wine regions. Two-sized pours will be available for all wines at the same price, allowing guests to try a variety of blends that are not readily available in the United States.

The restaurant’s cocktail menu is geared towards lighter spirits, cordials from generational distillers and nods towards classic traditions. Six unique house cocktails, all created by Couvant’s staff, will be featured and rotated monthly.

Named “Most Gorgeous Restaurant of the Year” in 2018 by Eater New Orleans, Couvant has updated its raw bar, added outdoor café table seating and expanded courtyard dining.

Upon opening, hours of service will be 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner.

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