Local couple brings taste of Southeast Asia to area with new restaurant

Neighborhood few James and Keena Lam are psyched to carry a flavor of Southeast Asia to the Sandhills with their most current and best cafe Banh Sen, an eatery specializing in Asian noodles and street foods in downtown Southern Pines.

“Food Network, eat your coronary heart out!” James teased in a social media publish marketing Banh Sen. He later on spelled out that inspiration for Banh Sen struck while he and Keena viewed Foods Community and longed to have a similar location in Moore County. With a good deal of expertise serving the Sandhills from The Block — the family’s very first co-owned restaurant not even a block absent — James and Keena realized they could be the types to carry this multicultural working experience to Southern Pines.

The menu will mainly comprise the most well-liked noodle dishes from Southeast Asia, together with Asian avenue food stuff, conventional foods, and a rotating range of specials and supporter favorites. Dine-in and carryout options will be available, complete with a full eating room, lounge, and outside patio seating.

“We’ll be serving good, standard, authentic food items,” James pressured. “We really don’t really have nearly anything like this in the region, and we’ve been lacking this style of foodstuff. Our people occur from all walks of existence, from all above, from east coast to west coastline, so we’re psyched to carry that in this article.”

James and Keena hope that Banh Sen will verify to be a “one-halt-shop” for Southeast Asian enthusiasts of the Sandhills. Nations represented on the menu will contain Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and extra. In addition, the couple designs to run specials that include dishes from other Asian nations, allowing for a broad, various menu spanning throughout the continent at any provided time. They will moreover be serving a select menu of beer and wine, as nicely.

When requested what she endorses potential diners check out, Keena just laughed. “Everything!” she said. “We hope they like it all and want to occur back again for a lot more. There is so a great deal assortment.” Having said that, she conceded that she predicts the handmade pho will be a major hit and leading vendor.

For a nearby touch, dishes well prepared at Banh Sen will be made employing clean herbs and spices developed regionally in the Sandhills and clean, natural and organic vegetables developed in Moore County gardens anytime offered.

With renovations to the building shifting together on program, James and Keena forecast Banh Sen will be all set to open its doors to Moore County diners by mid-March. They are content with the progress produced consequently significantly and are keen to share their new eatery with foodies of Moore County. “Get your style buds ready,” James inspired.

The new restaurant is only a few doorways up from James and Keena’s other establishment, The Block, and is conveniently positioned on W. Pennsylvania Avenue, straight across the avenue from Southern Pines Brewing Company. Road parking will be obtainable, and further parking is in a large amount guiding the creating.

Banh Sen will be open from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., reopen from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday via Thursday, and keep open up an added 30 minutes until eventually 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cafe is positioned at 210 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines.

Picture: Homeowners of Banh Sen, James and Keena Lam, stand outdoors of the setting up they are renovating for their new eatery specializing in Asian noodles and road foods. 

~Posting and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Abegail Murphy.

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