Although Austin is my "vacation" home since I am living and working in Mexico, I have been watching the developments in the Bee Cave/Lakeway area near the Hill Country Galleria. Sadly, the Galleria has very few interesting options, most of them not open. Across the street from the new Galleria, Blue Bamboo Thai-Vietnamese was really good tonight...a very pleasant suprise.
It is a nice, clean little space, with exposed red brick walls with splashes of soothing green and blue walls that create a nice "warm" feel that doesnt scream "strip center" like many places do... Another good feature was the open kitchen in the back, which was impeccably clean.
We enjoyed the Vietnamese Spring Rolls, good and fresh, very reasonably (cheaply) priced at $2.50 for 2 with a peanut sauce that we kicked up with the red sauce on the table. The Tom Kha was excellent, extremely spicy with enough coconut milk to add creaminess and flavor without being too heavy. That was probably my favorite I have had in Austin so far.
My husband enjoyed his Pad Thai, and I look forward to trying some new dishes there when we return to Austin.
Full bar as well, (enjoyed a cold Kirin Ichiban) with wines, beers and liquors.
Let me know what others think...and tell me something about the Bread Bar on Bee Caves as well...I have to save that one for our next trip back in a couple months...