Food

Jasmine Rice Thai Cuisine opens in Gretna

The Westbank is lucky when it comes to restaurants, especially restaurants that feature delicious foods of other nations. We have a generous selection of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine all over our little metropolis. The newest addition to the Westbank food scene is a Thai restaurant, Jasmine Rice Thai Cuisine, located at 2112 Belle Chasse Hwy in Gretna. Here you will find a delicious selection of tasty Thai food that is sure to satisfy any craving.

I stopped in here recently for lunch and, although the restaurant is small, it’s beautifully decorated and very welcoming. I was greeted by the owner and I was excited to look over the menu and see what they had to offer. For such a small place, the menu is big and you’re going to find a lot of Thai favorites here. Some stand outs were the Tom Yum soup which is spicy shrimp, lemongrass, hot and sour soup with fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, and cilantro. They also offer combination soup and wonton soup. Also on the menu is noodle favorites such as pad thai, drunken noodle, and chow mein and they also have vegetarian options. Jasmine Rice Thai also offers a variety of rice dishes as well as a selection of stir fry and curries.

When I was here I got an order of the fresh spring rolls and for my entrée I got an order of the pineapple fried rice which is fried rice with shrimp, chicken, pineapple cashew nuts, onion and scallions and flavored with curry powder. The spring rolls were an excellent start to the meal and I found them very light and fresh. Their fresh spring rolls come filled with lettuce, carrots and vermicelli noodles and they are served with peanut sauce, making for a perfect light appetizer. The pineapple fried rice was a generous portion and it came out steaming hot, which was a delight. The dish was delicious and packed with flavor. I loved how the pineapple provided a tart sweetness to an otherwise savory meal. The rice was perfectly seasoned and I loved the chicken and the shrimp and what it added to the dish. It was so good that I had to stop myself from eating it all in one sitting and I will definitely be ordering this again. I didn’t partake in dessert, but they have mango sticky rice, which is a favorite, so I’ll be sure to leave room for that next time.

Jasmine Thai Cuisine is open Monday through Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. They can be reached at 392-9307.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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