New Orleans is abuzz today with the announcement that Chef Phillip Lopez, owner of Root, is opening a second restaurant. Square Root, which will be located in the Lower Garden District, is scheduled to open by the end of 2012.
The restaurant will offer a chef's table with a 10 to 15 course prix fixe tasting menu.
We were in New Orleans today dining at Root (which is featured in our July issue) and chatted with Chef Lopez about the new venture (in between bites of his charcuterie).
The new restaurant, he says, will be a cross between Momofuku, Brooklyn Fare and Jose Andres' Minibar — with a distinctly New Orleans flavor. As he does at Root, Chef Lopez will combine the freshest local ingredients with global influences that reflect his world travel. (At Root one can order Spanish Style Chorizo, Louisiana Pickled Shrimp, and Aloo Gobi — an Indian dish — off the same menu.)
Square Root will eliminate the divide between the kitchen and the diners, who will watch as chefs as they experiment with new creations.
"It's an exciting time to be in New Orleans, and we're thrlled to be part of the city's revitalization," Chef Lopez says. When he speaks, it's with passion about surprising visitors and locals alike with innovative dishes on par with those found in New York or L.A.
Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson says Root is "indisputably (and admirably) unlike any restaurant New Orleans has ever seen."
We'll have to wait to see what Square Root brings. But it's anything like the meal we had at Root today … there's a lot to look forward to.
Root's Charcuterie plate