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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Lemon Grass Restaurant Restaurant Review: HURRICANE KATRINA: this establishment is currently closed. For a New Orleans Travel Update as well as resources, information and help click here. The dining space at Lemon Grass is strikingly contemporary, resplendent with translucent white screens and woods, all in soft and luminous shapes and colors. The large, single room is also the perfect foil for the finesse of chef Minh Bui's and chef de cuisine Cynthia Vu Tran's dishes, which combine the zest of classic Vietnamese ingredients and the elegance of French techniques. A silky tamarind sauce flatters the admirably moist pan-seared pork chop. A bracing citrus sauce enlivens the grand flavor of spring rolls filled with bits of chicken, jicama, wood-ear mushrooms and onion. Breast of duck, smoked and roasted to succulence, crowns a mound of fresh watercress and herbs flecked with peanut and splashed with a soy vinaigrette. The nut-crusted soft-shell crab, without a trace of frying oil, is divine. Warning: The magnificence of both the dining room and the food is ill-served by a noise level more fitting for a gymnasium than a restaurant, even one as lovely as this one is.