New Orleans Thai stalwart SukhoThai
and West Bank Vietnamese and Chinese favorite Nine Roses
opened new locations June 17.
(2200 Royal St., 504-948-9309) moved its Marigny location a couple of blocks from its original address at 1913 Royal St., which closed on June 14. The new, larger space on the corner of Royal Street and Elysian Fields Avenue is in a newly renovated historic building with exposed brick walls and tall windows that shower the dining room with light.
While the old location was BYOB, the new space has a liquor license and a full bar. Thai-inspired specialty cocktails include a tropical mojito – a riff on the classic drink that includes pureed mango – and the Thai Breeze, which combines muddled cucumber and mint, cucumber vodka and soda. There is a $5 corkage fee for diners who bring their own wine.
The new location will feature live music on weekends, says Lee Knight, who handles the restaurant’s marketing.
"We've got a great space near the bar where we can push back the tables and create a dance floor," Knight says, adding that it could take a few weeks to months before a solid lineup is booked.
The kitchen at the new location is much larger than its predecessor, Knight says, and the lunch and dinner menus closely mirror that of SukhoThai (4519 Magazine St., 504-373-6471) in Uptown.
“One thing about our downtown location is that the clientele just always seems to like their food a little bit spicier than at the Uptown restaurant,” Knight says. “So our food here reflects that.”
SukhoThai is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
Nine Roses Cafe
(620 Conti St., 504-324-9450), the spinoff of West Bank Vietnamese and Chinese Nine Roses restauran
t (1100 Stephens St., 504-366-7665) in Gretna, opened Wednesday across the street from the Louisiana Supreme Court courthouse.
While the menu at the Gretna location features Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, the French Quarter location focuses on Vietnamese cuisine, showcasing pho, rice vermicelli noodle bowls, spring rolls and banh mì.
The menu also will highlight rotating Vietnamese specialties, which includes some uncommon dishes. The opening menu includes Vietnamese-style beef carpaccio, grilled mussels served with scallion oil and roasted quail served with steamed buns.
Nine Roses Cafe is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. See the restaurant's full menu here.