Vietnamese food has been blowing up lately and like most babes, we love a good bowl of phó and some spring rolls. When we heard the Namese was a fusion of both authentic Vietnamese and New Orleans cuisine, we had to try it!
Namese has a diverse menu that ranges from more traditional Vietnamese options like phó, vermicelli noodles, banh mi and bubble teas to more experimental options like their coconut basil mussels, lamb lollipops and rabbit curry gumbo.
The space has been family owned and operated in the heart of Mid-City by a Vietnamese family for 20 years. It wasn’t until 2 years ago that they decided to take things back to their roots and turn the building into a restaurant to show the people of New Orleans their authentic cuisine.
Namese recently introduced a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. with discounted wine; domestic beers; delicious cocktails like their Lychee Martini and Asian Julep Martini; and chef’s special small plates that change daily. We will definitely be back to try that!
Everything we had at Namese offered an irresistible combination of flavors and the service was excellent. If you are new to Vietnamese cuisine, don’t be shy about asking your server questions.
HERE’S WHAT WE TRIED:
We started with the Cucumber Refresher and Lychee Martini specialty cocktails, both refreshing and not too sweet.
The five-spice fried tofu is new to the menu and we were so glad we ordered it. It was lightly fried, not too heavy with just the right amount of spice.
The Mussels with basil and coconut sauce. OMG — this was our favorite. These were some of the most flavorful, not to mention, largest mussels we have ever had and we couldn’t resist eating the whole loaf of bread that came with them to soak up the sauce. Whoops!
The Namese staff recommended we try one of their specialties, the Crepe Lettuce Wrap, a Vietnamese crepe filled with shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts served with lettuce and cucumber to wrap it up in.
We split The Coconut Lemongrass Curry entree with shrimp and tofu to keep it pescetarian-friendly. Made with a shrimp base, lemongrass, tumeric, coconut curry, carrots, snow peas, onions, basil leaves and rice paddy herbs (traditional Vietnamese herbs that taste like a mix between celery and cilantro), this dish was so flavorful. We would suggest it with the tofu which soaks up all of those amazing flavors even more.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
Namese does Tofu right. Tofu can be easy to mess up, but Namese’s was cooked to perfection.
Babes favorite advice from Denise at Namese: The best part about the bubble tea is that you can add shots to it because Namese also serves alcohol!
Other guest favorites at Namese that we didn’t get a chance to try are the Bacon & Shrimp Spring Rolls (a Namese speciality), the Lamp Lollipops, the Sauteed Calamari, Combination Vermicelli and the Ducky Cuban Sandwich. We can’t wait to bring our babes back here to try more from Namese’s menu!