Jfood decided to take a little walk this evening and try Le Colonial at 937 Rush. The first floor dining room is a beautiful room surrounding with a large palm tree. High ceilings with refurbished tin painted red and small B&W photos of what appeared to be pre-1960 Viet Nam. There was plenty of room between tables. Jfood was very happy when they did not scoff or make any faces as a single. They sat him at a nice table in the middle of the room, not stuck in some corner. He was there early enough to hear the background music which was jazz, an interesting choice
Now onto the food. There are lots of choices on the menu. Jfood asked the server if they had any signature dishes. The server advised of two in each section.
Jfood ordered the Pho (Jfood pronounced it “foe” and the server called it “few”) $6.50. The Pho was very nice with lots of fragrant cilantro. The three piece of beef tenderloin were extremely tender, numerous scallions and not too many noodles. This was the first time Jfood has eaten Pho and he is no expert but he really liked it. Jfood would give this dish a strong 7-8
For a second course Jfood ordered the Banh Cuon $9 (Steamed ravioli of chicken and cremini mushrooms, in flat rice noodles, with lime garlic sauce). Three nice sized raviolis with a light sauce and frizzled onion basil and plenty of garlic. This dish was a delight. The flavors hit the tongue and exploded. So bright and fresh. This was a 10, and on one of Jfood's all-time favorites.
For an entrée Jfood ordered the Tom Xao Sate $23 (sautéed jumbo shrimp & asparagus in a light sauce of sate spice, chili & garlic). The dish contained seven nice shrimp cooked perfectly with lots of asparagus in a medium spice sauce. The asparagus were still firm and gave a nice crunchiness to the dish. The side of rice was a non-event. Unfortunately Jfood thought this dish was a little oily. After the chicken ravioli, this dish was a little disappointing and Jfood can only give this dish a 7.
The service was excellent, the server very helpful, the water filled promptly and the bus-person brought new utensil between courses. As an aside a customer at a neighboring table could not eat garlic and onions and their server was prepared to recommend several choices. Jfood was impressed.
So Jfood was very pleased with his meal at Le Colonial. He will definitely return but will order a different entrée. Menu is available on-line at http://www.lecolonialchicago.com/