Let me state up front that we are friends with Ron and Regina Keever who co-own Bayona with Susan Spicer. We have known them for years as well as traveled together.
How we happen to “meet” is a funny story. My husband had to be in New Orleans for business and as I had never been to New Orleans, I insisted that I go as well. I had heard about this new restaurant, Bayona with a woman chef and insisted that we try it out. I was having my hair done and my hairdresser asked where we were eating that night. I started raving about this new restaurant and this woman chef and he burst out laughing. Worried, I asked him what was wrong. He pointed to this woman who was having her nails done and said that is Regina Keever who co-owns the restaurant with Chef Spicer. Well, that began a friendship that has lasted over many years.
Our last meal at Bayona was in 2006. It was almost impossible to take notes. First, we had a lot of catching up to do with Ron and Regina. Then Michel Richard ended up joining us as he was in town for a charity event. At that point all bets were off. The best I can do is to give some measly descriptions and photos.
At least the photos will give you sense of the cuisine at Bayona.
Fried Eggplant Medallion topped with Smoked Salmon Salad with Hungarian peppers
Coriander Flatbread topped with Green Olive Tapenade and Shrimp
Rabbit Roulade with Violet Jelly
Seared Scallops perched on Celeriac Puree. To the side was a “salad” of roasted caulflower, bacon lardoons, what appeared to be cabbage and ????- My notes say something about brown butter and green olive tapenade.
Sauteed Triggerfish with Lima Beans, Asparagus, “Sole” (???) sauce, Lemon Butter Verbena
Michel (also an old friend) arrives, hungry for salad and beef.
Salad with Walnuts, Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Cap of the Rib Eye
Parade of desserts for Michel’s benefit.
Strawberries with Strawberry Balsamic Syrup with Cream Cheese Ice Cream
Almond and Quince Crepes with Chai Ice Cream
Good food and good company – what more could one want?