Loft living in downtown LA has been great but one challange exists...lack of good Vietnamese restaurants ( especially on the other side of Chinatown...South side of 101 fwy). When Blossom Vietnamese restaurant opened up a year ago (4th/main in the old banking district) we thought it would satisfy our việt appetite and missing link. We're still hungry and lost:
We had the Bún chả giò ( bún noodle with eggrolls): the eggrolls were sooooo greasy and infused with a bad odor of old oil (almost stale, recycled donut oil smelling) . The typical toppings of cucumber, carrot/daikon pickles and bed of lettuce were part of the dish....but absolutely no HERBS of any kind! We searched and searched through the tossed dish hoping to find even a sliver of mint...basil...rau răm...tiá tô...even cilantro?? Nothing. The only flavor to the dish was from the rancid oil smell of the eggrolls and bland ( but slightly sweet/sour) mắm dressing.
Next dish, Bánh Xèo ( crispy crepe): It was anything but crispy. The crepe came to the table soft , thick and densely laden with dry mung beans that made the crepe too moist & heavy. Jicima was a nice addition to the pork/shrimp filling. The accompaning salad plate had a few slices of cucumber, two fresh leaves of lettuce, but only ONE sprig of mint. Never have we ever fought over the dinner table, but the battle over the single sprig of mint at a việt meal was comical. One of the most defining characteristics of Việt cuisine are the herbs and the Bánh Xèo being crispy: both of these were lacking at this dinner. We'd like to go back and give it another try, but feel that our $20 could be spent better elsewhere. Has anyone else tried Blossom? If yes, we'll give it another try if you say so. We'd like to be fair....or better yet, spend our money on wine ( 2 glasses and bruchette and a bowl of tomato soup..$28) at Banquette Cafe 3 stores down ( which is exactly what we did after eating at Blossom).