A new Uptown Vietnamese restaurant promising something a little different from standard noodle shop fare was slated to open late last week.
Restaurateur Kim Nguyen says her Magasin Vietnamese Cafe (4201 Magazine St., 896-7611) will serve lunch and dinner daily, and the restaurant will be BYOB until it gets a liquor license.
Magasin's address was previously a corner grocery, and the extensive renovation of the building has given it a contemporary look. The space is open and windows flip up to reveal countertop-style windowsills on which customers can dine while they sit inside or outside.
The menu has a different feel, too. Spring rolls are a centerpiece, and Magasin's menu lists 10 varieties, from the familiar shrimp or pork to Chinese sausage with egg or garlic-fried tofu. There are steamed pork buns and panko shrimp balls on the appetizer list and "special plates" like braised pork, curries and chopped filet mignon. There's a vegan option on the pho list, a few seafood soups, bun noodle salads, rice plates and banh mi. Almost everything is under $10.
A second, auxiliary eatery within the building also is in the works. Called Bites by Magasin, it will serve breakfast and po-boys and operate as a walk-up window with outdoor seating on a side patio.