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Great Dinner at Le Colonial

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Great Dinner at Le Colonial

kbear | May 4, 2005 11:25 AM

Went to Le Colonial last weekend for the first time and LOVED IT. Although it is a Vietnamese restaurant, the emphasis is heavy on the French influence. You could take someone here who hates asian food (fool!) to get a steak. The atmosphere is very tropical and somewhat formal. You could definitely dress up here. Service was excellent, especially the host who welcomed us. This restaurant is on Rush, which was a buzzing location. We had the spring rolls and some kind of delicious beef-in-noodle appetizers. Then we had the eggplant and chicken which was amazing and the boullaibaise (spelling?) which was also incredible. Lots of seafood in a lightly spicy, coconut broth, served with a side of cold noodles, cilantro and one other veggie to put in soup. I would have requested it a bit spicier, but it was very nice for the average diner. Also had the pea shoots which were lightly sauteed in a soy-based sauce. The BEST part of the meal was the sommolier, Karen. She was so warm and not snooty! and so excited about helping us to select a good wine. She also didn't try to gouge us, which I appreciated. I would definitely go back to this place and would make sure she was working. I think she is very gifted at what she does. We didn't have the room left for dessert, but it looked good too. Smoking in bar on second floor was no detriment to the atmosphere.

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