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Jasmine 26

30 May

Lauren and I recently went out on a romantic late-night dinner for two at Jasmine 26 on 26th & Nicollet.  We used to live just a block or two away, and it was a favorite spot to go for happy hour and good Asian food.

Jasmine 26's Chicken Pad Thai

Jasmine 26's Chicken Pad Thai and Pomegranate Lychee Martini


We opted to sit outside at one of their tables on the sidewalk since it was a nice, cool night, despite the fact that no one else was out there.  The waitress was very attentive to us and was outside numerous times to check on us, so she gets an A!  We started off with some specialty drinks.  I had the Pomegranate Lychee Martini, as I’ve often been known to down the “girly” drinks.  Lauren had the Midori Mojito, and the two of us shared hot sake.

My Pomegranate concoction was excellent!  It was made of pomegranate juice and pomegranate vodka, I think, and garnished with a lime.  My bright pink drink sure went down smooth.  Although it was very sweet, I could taste the alcohol.  That’s one drink that could get me in trouble!

We ordered a variety of food that night as well.  I got the Pad Thai with chicken, Lauren got the Pho with beef, and we split orders of spring rolls and wontons.

Chicken Pad Thai may very well be my very favorite food.  Jasmine 26 provided us with a variety of sauces, and I loaded the chili garlic sauce onto my Pad Thai.  It’s a very simple, standard meal, and I would imagine fairly difficult to screw up.  Jasmine passed the test, providing me with a healthy portion of chicken and bean sprouts, and that chili sauce made all the difference.  I thoroughly enjoyed eating my food.

The spring rolls with the peanut sauce were outstanding, and the wontons were hot, crispy, and delicious when dipped in the sweet & sour sauce.


Jasmine 26 is the second restaurant by the siblings Le and Vinh Truong, proprietors of the fantastic Jasmine Deli just around the corner from Jasmine 26. My hand to God, the chicken pho at Jasmine Deli cures hangovers.

So it is only natural that Jasmine 26, the grown-up version of the deli, hits the spot. And then it chases the spot with a Midori mojito.

Mmmm… midori mojito. And beef pho. And spring rolls! I love spring rolls. And I love the little tray of sauces that Jasmine 26 brings out – hoisin and chili garlic, and something else that I can’t quite place.

While dinner itself at Jasmine is great, the real can’t-miss is the late night happy hour – most of the entrees are around $5, a large hot sake is $5, and all of the items you would expect to find on an Asian fusion menu in the upper Midwest are there (I’m looking at you, cream cheese wontons!)


Ryan: I give Jasmine 26 the maximum “Noms”: 5 out of 5!  One of my favorite places to go in Minneapolis!

Lauren: Jasmine 26 is delicious! 5 Noms!