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27 HUNDRED ASIAN CAFE & BAR
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-6108
The 27 Hundred Bar, formerly Noble Asian Bistro, offers a variety of Asian dishes such as the chicken pine nut wrap with cool lettuce and Hoi Sin sauce. Signature dishes include Twin Taste Prawns, a plate of fresh New Orleans shrimp served with hot chili sauce and sweet cream sauce. Scheduled to open this month is a tea bar. Reservations accepted for parties of eight or more. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

BANGKOK CUISINE

4137 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3606
For an introduction to Thai cooking, try the Peppermint Chicken: minced breast of chicken, quickly tossed in a wok with bamboo shoots, eggplant, and fresh mint leaves in a spicy dish. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards.

BENJARONG
228 Camp St. (Omni Crescent Hotel)
527-0006

Punnee Banjaray, the chef behind Bangkok Cuisine and Panasia, now serves up her healthy Thai-fusion for the lucky patrons of the Omni Crescent Hotel. The grilled chicken Benjarong makes a great lunch, with glass noodles and stir-fried vegetables tossed with Thai-spiced chicken, and the Naken Shrimp Salad exposes jumbo butterfly shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA THAI CUISINE
933 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-3089 or 828-3080
Louisiana treats with a Thai touch include sesame-crusted softshell crab served with a delicate green curry sauce, wasabi mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. The fusion also yields such exotica as the Red Hot Chili Pepper, which features butterflied jumbo shrimp and spicy green beans accompanied with jasmine steamed rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LEMON GRASS RESTAURANT
217 Camp St. (International House Hotel) 523-1200
www.lemongrassrest.com

Chef Minh Bui's sophisticated blend of Vietnamese, Louisiana and French tastes have garnered accolades from diners for years. Try the chicken Roti: seared lemon grass-marinated cubes of chicken breast served with steamed vegetables and two kinds of rice. Another favorite is the wok-smoked salmon steak with grilled stack vegetables and balsamic reduction. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAHLEANANI PACIFIC RIM CUISINE
811 Conti St. 299-8496
Located in the former Uncle Buck's Cajun & Creole Grill location, this noodle house offers light and affordable Pacific Rim dishes, starting with the Goig Ga (cold chicken and cabbage salad marinated with sweet spicy vinegar and herbs served with shrimp chips and Nuoc Cham). Also sample the wide variety of ³bun² noodle dishes served with fresh herbs, pickled vegetables, Nuoc Cham and roasted peanuts. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

OCEAN CITY
701 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-8610
A vast menu offers diners Asian cuisine that's traditional but with a twist and exhibits Mediterranean influences. Current favorites among regulars are a fried whole fish served with Hunan spicy sauce and the Seafood Bird's Nest, a nestling of jumbo shrimp, squid and scallops sauteed in rice sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PANASIA THAI RESTAURANT
500 St. Charles Ave., Best Western Parc St. Charles 299-8004
Lovely to look at as well as to taste is a presentation of oysters topped with ginger and mango dressing and served with vegetables sauteed in a special chili and basil sauce. Always popular is the chicken coconut soup, a cream-based soup with lime, lemongrass, galangal and mushroom. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $$

ZUE ZEE ZAM ASIAN CAFE
1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1016, Harahan, 734-2714
The cuisine of Thailand, China and Japan are all available in one meal. From the sushi menu, try the rainbow roll with tuna, salmon and avocado wrapped up together. If you're still hungry, try the pan-fried salmon or the Chinese orange chicken. Delivery available. Reservations recommended on weekends for six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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