Eclectic, new French Quarter bistro, Curio, swung open its doors this week on Royal Street with Hayley Vanvleet at the helm in the kitchen.
Vanvleet describes her menu as seafood-heavy with a bit of a West Coast approach to bright flavors and lighter offerings on the menu, but with New Orleans ingredients. She has also woven in some dishes inspired by her family, like her grandmother’s honey creamed mustard greens that come with the coriander blackened red fish. The panéed pork loin poboy has its roots in a dish her father made while she was growing up — pounded pork coating in smashed Premium saltines.
In a city with a lot of chef-y burgers, Vanvleet’s looks promising all dressed in gruyere and Green Goddess, and she lightens up a Reuben sandwich with shrimp. On the dinner side of things, perfectly seared sea scallops get topped with a kalamata olive butter that is at once both creamy and briny.
The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Opening hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Without further delay, here’s the opening menu at Curio: