It should be no surprise that I HAD to find a brunch spot while in New Orleans for Essence Fest. We settled on the Jazz Brunch at Restaurant R’evolution. This restaurant is housed in the Royal Sonesta which sits prominently on Bourbon street in the heart of the French Quarter! So on top of having the perfect location, the other elements of the Jazz Brunch at Restaurant R’evolution are perfection!
We started the morning with a round of Pimm’s Cups. This cocktail includes gin, liqueur, fruit juices and a bit of spice that gives it a kick. Before this, I probably would not have ordered a Pimm’s Cup, but it honestly is a great drink! Besides the Pimm’s Cup, there are several other brunch cocktails and your traditional mimosas.
Listen we were SO greedy at this brunch! Looking back, I realize it was because we did not eat too much during our visit. We spent so much time in lines and waiting, that you end up missing meals. So by Sunday I was craving a good meal and let me eyes do the ordering.
So we started out with appetizers, the fire roasted oysters and the beer battered crab beignets. Somehow we made it to Sunday without eating oysters so we had to fix that! The fire roasted oysters were great, the highlight being the crumbly topping. Delicious. We also really liked the crab beignets which were more like a fritter than the beignets you pick up at Cafe Du Monde. Picture more of a savory dish in this instance. Add to that the remoulades they are served with and you have a great dish.
There was an order of lobster bisque and a house salad before we made our way to entrees. For my entree I picked the crab cakes which our waiter described as less cake more crab. What an accurate description! The Crab Cakes were fresh and had a bit of sweetness to them that I enjoyed. My friend ordered the Debris Grillades which included short ribs and cheese grits. This was probably the best dish and the portion was HUGE. After all of those appetizers she was not able to finish it. My other friend ordered the Death by Gumbo, a deconstructed gumbo featuring quail. The gumbo and other soups are poured table side which is a nice touch.
As the name implies, there is a trio of musicians that play live jazz music during the brunch. It is so classy and makes you want to throw your pinky up as you sip a cocktail. The trio moves around the dining room between songs so each guest gets an up close personal concert at some point during their brunch.
The next extra that we just happened to catch was a full on second line at the hotel across the street! As we headed out from brunch we saw a wedding party as they exited, so we stopped and enjoyed the celebration! Only in New Orleans!
Although it was right in the thick of the festivities, Restaurant R’evolution provided a nice jazzy brunch with great food and excellent service. I highly recommend stopping by here for brunch during any trip to New Orleans, but also it is a great choice during Essence Festival!