• Thai stalwart SukhoThai (2200 Royal St., 504-948-9309; www.sukhothai-nola.com) moved its Marigny location a couple of blocks from its original address at 1913 Royal St., which closed on June 14. The new, larger space on the corner of Royal Street and Elysian Fields Avenue is in a newly renovated historic building with exposed brick walls and tall windows that shower the dining room with light.
While the old location was BYOB, the new space has a liquor license and a full bar. Thai-inspired specialty cocktails include a tropical mojito — a riff on the classic drink that includes pureed mango — and the Thai Breeze, which combines muddled cucumber and mint, cucumber vodka and soda. There is a $5 corkage fee for diners who bring their own wine.
The new location will feature live music on weekends, says Lee Knight, who handles the restaurant's marketing.
Knight says the lunch and dinner menus closely mirror those of the SukhoThai location (4519 Magazine St., 504-373-6471) in Uptown.
"One thing about our downtown location is that the clientele just always seems to like their food a little bit spicier than at the Uptown restaurant," Knight says. "So our food here reflects that."
SukhoThai is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
• Nine Roses Cafe (620 Conti St., 504-324-9450; www.facebook.com/ninerosescafe), the spinoff of Gretna Vietnamese and Chinese Hoa Hong/Nine Roses (1100 Stephens St., 504-366-7665; www.ninerosesrestaurant.com), now is open across the street from the Louisiana Supreme Court building in the French Quarter. It focuses on Vietnamese cuisine and offers pho, rice vermicelli noodle bowls, spring rolls, banh mi and rotating Vietnamese specialties, which include some uncommon dishes. The opening menu features Vietnamese-style beef carpaccio, grilled mussels served with scallion oil and roasted quail served with steamed buns.
Nine Roses Cafe is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
• Irfan Khan emigrated to New Orleans in 2007 from Kashmir and opened a small Pakistani restaurant called Salt N Pepper on Iberville Street. He sold that restaurant last year and opened Shyan's Kitchen (3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 504-302-9901; www.facebook.com/saltnpepperrestaurantla) two months ago. The new restaurant focuses on Indian and Pakistani food and is a more family-oriented.
Food is prepared according to halal practices, and the menu features several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items. Crispy vegetable pakoras are battered in chickpea flour and chili powder and fried. Several dips and salads come with traditional Indian naan bread, which is baked in the restaurant's clay tandoori oven.
Goat masala features meat cooked in rich curry sauce with lentils, and goat biryani is a rice dish with slow-cooked goat and vegetables. Smoked chicken masala features boneless chicken smoked over hot coals and served in rich curry sauce.
Shyan's Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday.