Dominique's on Magazine (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-9282; www.-dominiquesonmag.com) opened last week, marking the second iteration of the eponymous restaurant from chef Dominique Macquet.
With a craft cocktail program, a striking, contemporary dining room and an emphasis on produce grown locally and in some cases on premises, this new Dominique's on Magazine shares a lot of the DNA of its forerunner. The cuisine is similar too. Signature dishes including beef tartare with tamari and ginger, sweetbreads with chimichurri, shrimp ceviche with Vietnamese herbs, scallops with fettuccine and Wagyu beef with Creole cream cheese stuffing were on the menu at the original Dominique's on Magazine as well.
A native of Mauritius, a tiny island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, Macquet arrived in New Orleans in 1995 and worked at the defunct Bistro at Maison de Ville in the French Quarter. In 1997, he opened Dominique's inside the Maison Dupuy Hotel where he created a luxurious, often exotic menu of global cuisine.
Macquet originally opened Dominique's on Magazine in 2010 and served a creative interpretation of contemporary Creole cuisine. The restaurant quickly racked up rave reviews. But shortly after those accolades were printed, Macquet left the restaurant, citing a disagreement with his partner there, and he took his business name with him. Apolline (4729 Magazine St., 504-894-8881; www.apollinerestaurant.com) opened in the space with chef Matt Farmer at the helm.
The new Dominique's on Magazine is a bigger restaurant. A former firehouse has been remodeled to feature an open design inside and a courtyard with outdoor seating and a hydroponic herb and vegetable garden.
Dominique's on Magazine serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday brunch begins March 17.