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Bui St. Paul report

diesel | Nov 18, 200508:27 AM

The husband and I checked out Bui for dinner last night. We are on a budget, so we only got two entrees: Sichuan chicken and beef chow fun. We were both a little concerned about the menu, which features Chinese, Japanese, and Thai food but all the menu subtitles are in Vietnamese - we've never experienced a place that successfully pulls off such a wide variety of foods.

The environs were nice, the place has really been spiffed up since Mai Village moved out, fresh paint and clean, comfy booths were a big plus.

The beef chow fun was just so-so. The noodles were the right consistency, and the overall flavor was fine, but the beef was quite tough. One highlight: they add Chinese broccoli to the mix, which added a nice crunchy, bitter contrast to what is otherwise a more mushy/chewy, savory dish.

The Sichuan chicken was also just so-so. On the plus side, all the ingredients were very fresh and just the right texture. However, the dish was not spicy at all, and we missed the pickled veggies usually to be found in Sichuan dishes.

Overall, our impression was that the place was entirely passable, but we will probably not return because there are so many better and cheaper places to be found in the surrounding neighborhood. The exception to this statement may be a visit to try the dim sum... we'll see?

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