Namese (#285, 1/9/14) – 61
It may surprise many, but New Orleans supposedly has outstanding Vietnamese food. I hear New Orleans East has a lot of little Vietnamese restaurants that are great. Not being familiar with the cuisine, I am just slowly venturing into that type of food. I dropped in on Namese in Mid-City. One positive thing about it is that it’s on the edge of a fairly rough neighborhood, so it’s good to see a good-looking new business popping up.
As I said, I’m not too familiar with Vietnamese food, so probably not a good judge. I went for a crab rangoon appetizer with a chino churrie sauce. It was pretty good, but I think crab rangoon from Five Happiness is probably better. The dipping sauce could add to it, but they only give you a little and it’s not really easy to dip. For my meal, I went for the House Cured Ducky Cuban. Again, it was pretty good, but nothing spectacular. Prices seemed reasonable to me; one thing I might like to see is a basic lunch menu with some “meal-deal” options (yeah, I’m cheap). Food rating, 28 out of 50.
The atmosphere here was pretty good. Interestingly, they played random 80s rock music, which was a plus in my book. They have a decent outdoor seating area (with heat devices for the colder days). I am giving a 21 out of 30 for atmosphere.
The service was good also. No issues here. A 12 out of 20 for service.
Final score = 61.