By Kristy Gustafson. Photos by Steve Mangum & Kristy Gustafson.
If you have yet to visit the colorful Shops at Grayton, here’s (yet) another reason. One of the newest on the block, Nanbu Noodle Bar, joined the scene in early 2018 and ever since has been serving up a hip atmosphere and food that, according to patrons, is “out of this world.”
Here on 30A, the options are plentiful for fresh seafood, juicy burgers, and flavorful tacos, but Chef Nikhil of the fabulous fine dining restaurant Roux 30A (located just around the corner) wanted to offer something unique. What grew from there was Asian Fusion with a Southern Flair, featuring a fresh take on fan-favorites like their ramen and pok é bowls, daily selection of hand-rolled dumplings, steamed buns, and all the saké your heart could desire. Let’s take a look around, shall we?
The word Nanbu is Japanese for “southerner” and inspired by the unique sense of warmth and hospitality you find only when you venture south.
Nanbu is a work of art from the minute you step in to the moment you leave.
Soak up the warm Florida sun from Nanbu’s outdoor patio, first come first serve and open year round.
Go sports! Root on your favorite team while you enjoy your favorite Nanbu bites and bowls. Don’t forget to rock your team’s colors!
The restaurant’s beautiful space made even more beautiful with some fabulous local art by Tamera Massey.
Their daily dumpling selections feature a meat and veggie option and are hand-rolled every day!
Looking for the full experience? Ask about which sakés pair best with each dish!
Hot or cold, glass or bottle, their saké menu has got it all.
Did someone say canned saké?
Kikisui’s Perfect Snow saké is unfiltered, giving it this uniquely cloudy look.
Nanbu’s Yaki Ramen is a specialty noodle dish stir-fried and dressed with all the fixings. Available in Chicken, Korean BBQ, and Tofu.
The Noodle Bar makes all their sauces right here in house, including this chili aioli that pairs perfectly with their blistered shishito pepper appetizer.
At Nanbu, they pride themselves on their unique Japanese-inspired cuisine with a southern flair, as a nod to the place they call home. Their signature Nanbu Noodle Bowl is a celebration of that. Kurobuta BBQ pork shoulder topped with collards, corn, egg, scallion, and a double broth.
Vegetarians welcome! The Assari Vegetable Ramen is sure to brighten your day in more ways than one. This flavorful bowl features carrot, nori, tofu, enoki, bok choy, and bamboo shoots, and finished off with a sprinkle of scallions and cilantro.
Nanbu Noodle Bar is the brainchild of Chef Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30a. “The concept behind it stems from a desire to not only bring that exciting, big city flair to our quaint Florida beach town, but to offer a fresh, clean, and healthy cuisine to the area.
Check out our special sneak peek into this popular local joint:
KRISTY GUSTAFSON is a writer, freelance marketer, author in the works, and born-again beach girl. You can catch her on the tennis courts, toes in the sand, or up and down the beach in search of the area’s best Bloody Mary. Follow along her adventures on Instagram @kristyerin10.