SALON BY SUCRÉ
622 Conti Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
504-267-7098 • shopsucre.com
Exploring the French Quarter can exhaust even the most devoted Francophile, but afternoon tea at Salon by Sucré is sure to revive you. This charming restaurant, just around the corner from Lucullus, opened last April in the loft space above Sucré’s Conti Street location. The self-described sweet boutique is renowned throughout the city for its confections, including French macarons that come in more than a dozen flavors.
The restaurant’s award-winning chef, Tariq Hanna, was born in Nigeria and raised in Great Britain. He fondly recalls sharing afternoon tea with his mother at some of London’s finest hotels. Strangely enough, it was not Hanna but his American partner, Louisiana native Joel Dondis, who suggested adding afternoon tea to Salon’s menu. Hanna says he jumped at the chance to create his own version of afternoon tea. His menu includes English currant scones with clotted cream and house-made preserves, as well as an impressive array of tea sandwiches, from traditional cucumber to Branston pickle with house-cured salmon. Of course, Sucré’s signature macarons are the stars of the sweets course. Although Salon’s tea menu, exquisitely curated by beverage manager Braithe Tidwell, includes only 15 teas and three herbal tisanes, it offers something for everyone. If something stronger than tea is desired, Salon’s delightful tea-infused cocktails are sure to please.
Salon by Sucré is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Afternoon tea is served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.