I found Cordon Bleu last week before a movie at the Lumiere. Apparently the tiny (it's a seven or eight seat counter with a hopping grill and stove behind it) place has been there for years. The menu is basic (they claim the best chicken you'll have outside of Vietnam).
There are five entree optiosn (number 1-5, most featuring meat sauce on rice. House specials include Ma Po Tofu which appears to use an entire container of tofu (minced pork with tofu on rice in garlic sauce). I had the noodle salad (rice vermicelli on greens with imperial roll and shredded kabob) and was totally happy. Nice fish sauce to go with it. The portions are huge; I had the second half the next day.
I wasn't as crazy about my partner's fresh spring roll (vegetarian), but, in general, I don't like the spring rolls. This one was huge (2.10/roll). He had that with a side of kebab (2.40).
There was a steady stream of people coming in for the Number 4 special ... 1/2 a five spiced roast chicken with country salad (a kind of slaw) and meat suace ... for 6.75. I'm ready to go back and try that out. The chicken sizzled on the grill. Smelled great.
Cordon Bleu: 1574 California St.; 415.673.5637
T-Sa, closed between 2:30 and 5pm. T-Su open until 10pm.
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