Located in a 19th century Garden District mansion, Cavan possesses the warmth and feel of a partially refurbished old home with the preservation of the tarnishing (otherwise known as patina) that occurred on the crown molding near the ceilings. As you enter through the front door, a gorgeous staircase greets you, surrounded by a beautiful parlor filled with 19th century seating, gorgeous chandeliers and a downstairs bar. If you listen closely, you can still hear the conversations that took place years ago in those very rooms, adorned with various pieces of artwork and 19th century furnishings.
Executive chef, Nathan Richard, a native of Thibodeaux, LA, and former chef at Kingfish does a superb job executing dishes that are flavorful, properly portioned and beautifully presented. While enjoying a “Corn” Old Fashioned and a Gin Martini, we began our meal with two appetizers: the Lima Bean Risotto (creamy, full-bodied deliciousness) and Salmon Poke Tacos (perfectly crispy wontons filled with buttery poke salmon/seaweed salad atop an avocado puree). We then shared a Sweet Pea Salad (one of the specials for the evening), which tasted as if the chef had gone out back and picked the ingredients right out of the garden. Our main course consisted of the Creole Spiced Shrimp (atop creamy sweet corn grits accompanied by roasted poblano peppers, onions and a spiced rum butter), the special of the evening, Fried Rabbit and a side of the Crab Fat Fried Rice (heaven in a ramekin!!) To add just a few more calories, we couldn’t resist finishing up our meal with the Strawberry Tres Leches (perfect portion for sharing, delightfully creamy, topped with roasted coconut).
Kudos to the waitstaff for their attentiveness during our entire meal and the kitchen for the perfect timing of the food preparation. Patio seating available, with a lovely view of Magazine St. Happy Hour 4-7pm daily. Brunch served Friday-Sunday 10:30a-3:30p.
If you look closely at the pics, you just might see a local celebrity!
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