Namese Offers Authentic Vietnamese Food With a Twist

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Mid-City’s newest culinary offering has quickly become a local favorite for Vietnamese food.  Namese is a welcome addition to our ever expanding list of great fusion restaurants and plays a vital part of the revamp of Tulane Avenue.

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Located on the corner of Tulane and Carrollton Avenues, Namese’s design has a contemporary flair with an outdoor dining area with such a courtyard feel you barely realize you are seated at a highly trafficked intersection.  The interior is open and airy punctuated with bold colors but still retaining that cozy vibe.

 

Their menu takes authentic Vietnamese cuisine and adds their unique New Orleans twist.  They have all the traditional dishes like Pho, Co’m and Bun and put their own creative signature to it.  The appetizers have many dishes that blends both styles of cooking very well; some of my recommendations are the Namese Shrimp, and both the calamari dishes (either sautéed or fried).   Both the Namese Shrimp and Calamari are lightly fried then sautéed with bell pepper, garlic and onions then finished with a slightly tangy sauce.  Their Banh Mi sampler is a mouthwatering presentation of Vietnamese BBQ Shrimp, Lemongrass Marinated Steak and Asian Roaast BBQ Poak served on bruschetta.

 

 

The House Cured Ducky Cuban is their twist on the Cuban and contains braised duck, bacon with hoisin sauce and pickled vegetables.  Any of their Pho or Co’m dishes are excellent choices.  The combination or the seafood pho are hearty noodle soups bursting with flavor.  All the co’m meals are served with Jasmine rice and pickled vegetables, and either the garlic or grilled shrimp are hits.

In addition to the outstanding fare, the service is stellar.  I found the staff friendly, knowledgeable and quick; three great traits for servers.  Namese is open Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information or to review their menu, go to www.namese.net or call 504-483-8899.  Namese is located at 4077 Tulane Avenue.

Tony Leggio

Tony Leggio

Tony Leggio is a born and raised New Orleanian. He has over 20 years of event management experience having produced over 5,000 events locally and nationally. Tony has received numerous awards for his outstanding achievements in the hospitality industry. Besides his professional career, Anthony has played an active role in the community.He has served Event Chair of Art Against AIDS for the No/Aids Task Force for the past ten years and was honored as Humanitarian of the Year in 2010 by the organization. He is also a freelance writer who has written for USA Today, as well as several local publications.He also writes a column regularly In Ambush Magazine, plus is part of Gambit’s Big Easy Theatre Committee.Tony is a social butterfly of New Orleans that not only knows how to put on a great event but also knows how to enjoy one.
Tony Leggio

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