Dave Nguyen of Pho Orchid (3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 504-457-4188; www.phoorchid.com) will open Pho Orchid Express (1401 Airline Drive, phone n.a.) later this summer. Its menu will be shorter and more modern than the sprawling list of dishes at the original restaurant, with a focus on banh mi, soup, spring rolls and "Orchid tacos," which are another example of the growing use of steamed buns filled like tacos or sandwiches.
"We want it to reflect more of the modern trends," says restaurant spokeswoman Le Thu Nguyen. "Pho Orchid has a lot of dishes that are served family-style, but here it will be more about single servings and quicker meals."
The look of Pho Orchid Express will be different, too. The interior is being configured so that diners can watch cooks assemble spring rolls and other items in the kitchen, and customers will order at a counter using touch-screen devices.