The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
A modern “Vietnamese” restaurant that delivers good food and innovative dishes.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
The credit goes to my sister for finding this small eatery. On my last visit to LA, East Borough was my first stop! What initially intrigued her was their pho baguette, which we found out is only a full size dish for lunch (appetizer for dinner). The service was lacking, we sat outside and it seemed they forgot about us. The restaurant boasts a number of intimate tables, but with the noise inside and the great weather outside, we chose the latter.
Mon – Wed 11:30 am – 10 pm
Thurs – Fri 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sat 10 am – 11 pm
Sun 10 am – 10 pm
What we ate:
- Pho Baguette ($7)
- Grilled hanger steak ($15)
As I mentioned, this is the appetizer during dinner (the lunch option is double the size). While it was good, I would highly suggest coming for lunch or ordering 2 because by the time I really got to savor it, it was gone. The idea is very intriguing – although it’s essentially a bahn mi with french dipping sauce – it tastes distinctively like pho (which I love)! The soup is provided for dipping and while the broth is warm and very rich, it’s the sandwich that steals the show. The pho baguette is fresh and tasty – I will be back during lunch for a proper portion!
When I passed the kitchen I spotted this steak and I instantly craved it. My sister isn’t a fan of seafood so we asked for the crab butter on the side, which is good because it meant extra for me! I really enjoyed this! The combination of flavors and the sweet chili pepper made for a great dish. I wish they would cut the meat smaller because it proves difficult when they only give you chopsticks.
This isn’t somewhere I would choose over my LA staples, but if you’re in the area or craving a little Asian fusion – this is a good option.