Harder than diamond and slippier than an algae-covered pair of flip-flops, bamboo once baffled the pre-industrial world and hid its delicious inner-nougat from the hungry masses. Modern technology unlocks the versatile plant with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of eclectic vegetarian dishes and drinks at Café Bamboo.
The only full-menu vegetarian restaurant in andouille-stuffed New Orleans, Café Bamboo features a playfully eclectic menu of Thai-, Latin-, and Cajun-inspired dishes. The gloriously alliterative caramelized cauliflower crustini ($5) tops crunchy french bread with a sweet browned-onion and cauliflower salad, which pairs wonderfully alongside a coconut-blended tomato-anise soup ($4 cup/$6 bowl) with assorted vegetables. The sampler rice bowl ($13) is a veritable United Nations of flavor, featuring Creole tofu in tomato and pepper sauce, peanuty West African mafe, green Thai curry, and vindaloo over a bowl of white or brown rice. Veggie and meat eaters alike can get a taste of southern soul food with the Sol Chik'n Dinner ($13), savory fried soy "chicken" served with Sol bell-pepper relish, cornbread, and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, just like your alternate-universe vegetarian grandma used to make. Night owls will enjoy the late-night menu's selection of fingerfuls of fried favorites such as mozzarella sticks (4 for $5/6 for $6), Chik'n nuggets ($6), and mini egg rolls (4 for $5/6 for $6).
Café Bamboo's intimate interior is painted a pulsating red, and the breezy patio is peppered with tiki torches and lively conversations about Eastern European politics and numerology. Located in the same building as the Dragon's Den bar, Café Bamboo is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, with a late-night window open till 2 a.m. most nights—the perfect way to satisfy late-night drink-induced chicken-nugget cravings without compromising your meat-free meal plan.
Valid for dine-in only.
- Café Bamboo's vegetarian food is more than good, it's terrific - a great dining opportunity to feast on vegetables, and vegetable-based items, feel satisfied and not miss meat as a meal component. – Lorin Gaudin Forkfuls, NewOrleans.com
- You have to try the Caribbean tofu wrap, and all of Café Bamboo's sauces are amazing! – Sarah, Urbanspoon
- [The] Southern "chicken", rice bowl and collard rolls were all yummy. – veganicat, Urbanspoon
435 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116Get Directions