Sav & Elise were some of the first friends we made here (thanks to the dog park). We bonded over our really cute dogs, and our love for really good food, and the first time we hung out, we learned that Sav’s plan was to one day open a restaurant.
Step one of that dream is happening for him this month, with the launch of his pop-up, Lé Mu.
Lé Mu is going to pop-up in Hampton every Sunday night, and will feature Laotian-American fusion cuisine. Based on the meals we’ve had in their apartment, and based on the food that was served at the launch party on Saturday, I’m really, really excited for this.
The creative, beautiful, and delicious dishes Sav is going to serve at Lé Mu are exactly what the Hampton food scene needs, since there are only a handful of truly excellent restaurants in the Hampton/Newport News area. It’s mostly an area full of mediocre chain restaurants.
A variety of finger foods were served at the launch party. They wanted to serve delicious food, but didn’t want people to be tied to their seats with a plate, fork & a knife. The menu consisted of pork belly sliders, grilled cheese with mushrooms & papaya salad, sweet potato sliders, cucumber “sushi” rolls with seared beef, green mango & pineapples with a dry dip of sugar and salt, and containers of hand cut beet & sweet potato chips placed all around the room. I didn’t try the sweet potato sliders, but everything else was wonderful. I had tried the pork belly sliders the week before and knew those would be incredible, but surprisingly the grilled cheese blew me away. The cheese was gooey, and the mushrooms and papaya salad added a really interesting texture.
Other than providing platters of food for us all evening, they also offered wine, beer, water & Thai tea. They had multiple bartenders, and the one upstairs had a heavy hand when pouring wine. This made things interesting as the night went on 😉
This was apparently the first time they had their whole staff together, and surprisingly, everything went really smoothly. There was always more than enough to eat, and their staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The kitchen guys worked so hard the whole night. Even when I asked questions, they never stopped rolling out dough for the sliders, or chopping meat & vegetables.
I’m excited that there will be an innovative & delicious addition to the Hampton food scene. For now, Lé Mu will be popping up in Hampton every Sunday night, starting on March 22. If you’re in the local area, be sure to check them (and their Facebook page) out!