Nine Roses, Gretna, LA Report #167

 

Can’t decided between Vietnamese or Chinese food?  Don’t stress it.  Come here and have both.  This place is located less than a block off the Westbank Expressway in Gretna, but I drove by over 1,000 times never knowing it was there.  If you’re driving towards the river on the ground level of the expressway, a few blocks after you pass Stumpf Blvd, you’ll see Taquiera Sanchez.  Turn right there.  That’s Stephens St.  You’ll immediately see Nine Roses.

The parking lot in front of the place was packed tonight.  There’s additional parking available across the street.  I was wondering if we’d be able to get a table.  As soon as we walked in I wondered why it was so smoky in the place.  Then I noticed numerous tables had little hibachi grills on them and people were grilling up their own foods.  Then I wondered why it wasn’t smokier.  They must have a pretty decent exhaust system to suck all the smoke out.

The menu was way too extensive to photograph.  All kinds of Vietnamese and Chinese soups, noodle bowls, other noodle dishes, rice platters, a vegetarian menu, entrées featuring duck, pork, beef, shrimp, seafood, clams, mussels, squid and scallops, pho and Chinese favorites like sweet and sour dishes, Chow Mein, Egg Foo Young, Moo Shu Dishes and fried rice.

We decided on Grilled Ground Shrimp Rolls, Cashew Shrimp, Pressed Vermicelli Squares with Chargrilled Pork and Pho with medium rare flank steak.

The service was pretty slow tonight.  I’m not sure if that’s normal or just because the place was packed tonight.

If you order hot tea you’ll get a nice size pot of green tea with two teabags in it.  I like that.  No waiting for refills.

The Grilled Ground Shrimp Roll is your basic spring roll with ground shrimp, that they made into a seasoned, rectangular patty, and grilled.  They come with a peanut sauce for dipping.  Very good.

The Cashew Shrimp was pretty good.  Shrimp, cashews, bamboo shoots, snow pea pods and carrots in a brown sauce.  As usual, I thought this dish could have used more sauce.  But that’s just the southern boy in me.  Having been raised always eating rice with so much gravy over it you couldn’t even see the rice, of course I’d feel that way.

Next was the vermicelli squares with the chargrilled pork.  The pork in this dish was more like pork “loaf”.  It looked like they ground it up, formed the pork into patties, then  grilled it.  Not that that’s a bad thing, I just wasn’t expecting it.  In about 35 years if I don’t have my real teeth anymore I’ll probably appreciate that.  But for now I can still chew REAL meat!  It comes with a seasoned fish sauce to pour over the vermicelli.  Tasty dish but I wouldn’t order it again.

The pho was very good.  Really good broth.

Besides the fact the food was good, I’d recommend this place just for the huge number of dishes and diversity of the menu.  Definitely the place to go if you’re feeling indecisive.

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA  70053  Ph: 504-366-7665

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Blaine 12-31-2018

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

This place had shut down for a bit for renovations.  The renovations are done and they’re open again.  Nice looking but definitely much smaller inside!  Seating wise if it’s not, it sure seems that way.

We had grilled shrimp spring rolls, char grilled pork, and two lunch combos with shrimp fried rice.  Shrimp with cashews and Kung Pao chicken. Everything was yummy!

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 12-2-2019

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

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Thanks to the ongoing Coronavirus Apocalypse a lot of my Westbank Chinese food favorites like Empress of China, China Doll and August Moon, are closed!  Thank God Nine Roses is still open for takeout and delivery.  Pictured are: 1) a Bo-Bo Platter for two, which had fried wontons, shrimp toast, crab rangood, egg rolls, BBQ pork and beef sticks, 2) a Mandarin Chicken entrée, and 3) Combination Fried Rice.  Everything was very good!

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 4-19-2020

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

I heard my favorite Chinese place on the Westbank, Empress of China, was open for take out only.  I was happy!  I tried calling to place an order but continuously got a busy signal.  I figured I’d just head on over there, order in person then wait for it.  This is what I saw when I got there.  A line out the door.  I was sad.  I left.

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I went to 9 Roses.  The parking lot was empty.  They’re open for dine in now, and only one couple was dining in the whole place.  I would have loved to sit in there and eat, but family at home was hungry and waiting for food.

We had shrimp fried rice, Mandarin Chicken, an appetizer platter and won ton soup.  Everything was delicious.  The last picture is the soup.  I like the way they put the contents in one container and the hot broth in the other, for you to combine them when you’re ready.  Great place.

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 6-5-2020

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Nine Roses, Gretna, LA Report #167

  1. The pork with the noodle patties… No one showed you how to eat that dish? Weren’t you curious about the basket of lettuce, herbs and pickled vegetables?

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