I am a longtime reader of this site, and I have an amateur food blog myself, but I have never posted on here; my meal at Le Soleil has prompted me to warn the innocent about the bad food.
My meal tonight has got to be one of the worst meals I've ever had. I have been a loyal customer for many years, having tried most items on their menu, my favorite including the bahn xeo (crispy crepe) and the bun rieu (noodles in tomato based broth with prawns and tofu).
Tonight my mom and I decided to go there, as we were both craving some good Vietnamese food, and we believed we could count on them. This was the first time I've been there since their renovation, since I go to college on the East Coast. I was quite excited--the decor is pretty hip and cozy compared to the restaurant before, and I was sure I wouldn't be disappointed by the food either.
We ordered a steamed sea bass and pan seared scallops, and skipped an appetizer since I wanted to leave room for dessert. The sea bass was absolutely terrible! As one of their "signature" items, this was the worst sea bass I have ever had. The texture was rubbery, it was overcooked and salty, and worst of all, it was fishy! The presentation was entirely sloppy, just a slab of fish in the dish. I cannot believe this had come out of Le Soleil's kitchen!
The scallops were slightly better, and I am being generous. When this came to my table, I thought they had the wrong order--we did not order stir-fried veggies I thought. There were literally 5, very unfresh half centimeter-thick scallops, lost in a jungle of vegetables. And these were not even fresh vegetables--they tasted like frozen vegetables out of a freezer. If i had wanted vegetables, I would have ordered them! This entree was worse than anything I could have ordered at Panda Express. My mom and I ended up eating 80% rice. We did not even want to touch the sea bass. Even though we were hungry, we decided to skip the desert--who knows what we would have been served.
The service was horrendous as well. Our orders took half an hour to come, and there were very feel covers that night. In addition, when we got our check, they had wrongly charged us $18 for the fish, instead of $16 as stated on the menu. When we pointed this out to them, there were no apologies--just attitude.
I am so disappointed in the restaurant, and even more so that I will never return to one of my former choices for solid Vietnamese food. I don't know if they have a new chef (I speculate the old one went to Dragonfly) or what, but all I know is that this is not the Le Soleil I remember and like. I am not one to post on public forums, but this meal was just too egregious. Do yourself a favor--don't ruin your night .