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Bay Lo at Eden Ctr - Outrageously Good

Steve | Feb 2, 2008 05:38 PM

It's been a while since I've had something new floor me, but I found it at a place that's been at Eden Center seemingly forever. In the interior courtyard closest to National Wholesale Liquidators hangs a sign that says Quan 7 Lo, the sign on the window says Lau de 7 Lo, and the menu says the restaurant is named Bay Lo.

I had their specialty, Bun Cha 7 Lo, which is a somewhat familiar dish. Rice noodles, shredded carrots and daikon, cucumbers, mint, cilantro, green leaf lettuce are served cold, and on the side is a bowl of meat steeped in sauce. The meat was shrimp, sliced beef marinated in a wine sauce, and 'grilled meat pie,' sort of like kefta kabob. The meat pie soaked in the sauce and was wonderfully juicy. The sauce was much more complex and flavorful than the usual sweetened fish sauce, with a nice build up of heat. The dish was simple, and the execution was flawless.

The rest of the menu looks like a Chowhound challenge: a variety of exotic hot pots, a section for frog and eel, a section for goat, and a few things I've never heard of before. Judging from the other customers there, I'd say they rarely have need for the translations on the menu.

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