Nudo House’s second location is now open in the Delmar Loop. The casual Asian noodle-centric eatery from Mai Lee’s Qui Tran and chef Marie-Anne Velasco debuted on Sept. 20, serving ramen and pho as well as bánh mì, takoyaki and more. There’s also an exciting new offering at this location: boozy slushies.
As reported by Feast last year, the original Nudo House opened in Creve Coeur in July 2017 after years of planning, and the new location also marks something of a homecoming for Tran, whose family opened the original location of Mai Lee at Delmar Blvd. and I-170 in the mid-80s. Nudo House fills a space on the ground floor of the Everly On the Loop high-rise development.
“We had an opportunity from the Koman group who owns this building,” Tran says. “They thought the Nudo concept would be great here. We weren’t thinking about doing a second location, but it quickly turned out that it was a great opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”
The 2,500-square-foot space holds 65 seats and mirrors the modern interior design of the original location with wood and industrial elements juxtaposed with the bright red accents of the brand’s logo. Another 30 seats will be available on an outdoor front patio.
Tran’s sister, Sara, served as the interior designer, filling the dining room with noodle-like hanging bulbs and whimsical comic art. Brad Fink of Iron Age Studio worked on paintings for the space, while Narrative Furniture provided the space’s tables. Live-edge shelving comes from David Stine Woodworking.
“We want it to be a welcoming place where you can come in and eat, leave your cares behind, slurp a bowl and be on your way,” Qui says.
From the menu, choose from Nudo specialties such as its Nduja Bomb, which is a take on its classic ramen with tonkotsu broth, shoyu and black garlic with Salume Beddu nduja. Bánh mì pho dip is another signature item with pho braised beef, hoisin and pho broth for dipping.
“It’s a little bit of Vietnamese with a little bit of Japanese,” Tran says. “Marie-Anne brings her Filipino style to the table too. It’s awesome because we blend all of the cultures.”
Additional highlights include spring rolls; takoyaki, or fried octopus balls with kewpie mayo, brown sauce, pickled ginger, nori and bonito flake; and tuna poke with yellowfin tuna, chilled ramen noodles, wakame salad, cucumber, napa slaw, ginger soy, green onion, sesame and furikake. Specials will also be on offer.
Alcoholic slushies developed by Nudo chef Chris Ladley will be available in flavors such as green tea Margarita and a boozy Ecto Cooler to serve as a refreshing alternative to the house soft serve, which is available in flavors such as milk tea and strawberry and Chinese black vinegar.
“I’m a huge advocate for our food community and how awesome it is,” Tran says. “This is my first restaurant in the city of St. Louis, and I hope to add value and represent the city the best way I can.”
Nudo in the Delmar Loop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. It will tentatively extend its hours on Fridays and Saturdays to midnight.
Nudo House, 6105 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop, St. Louis, Missouri, nudohousestl.com