Today we went to M & C for lunch after reading mixed reviews from CH. Well, it was a big disappointment. One of the worst restaurants I have visited ever. There is no direction in this restaurant in terms of their menu or their decor. When we arrived at 1:30pm, there was just 1 other table with 4 people. We ordered the banh mi with pork belly, that was not too bad, sauce is better than the banh mi from the Viet places in Chinatown but the bun was so small, probably half the size of regular banh mi, pork belly was way too fat. The bun was good, probably because Joanne Chang owns Flour Bakery down the street. Well now to the bad, we ordered a Thai iced tea, and it tasted NOTHING like Thai iced tea and for $6! It was VERY weird tasting, with jasmine like flavored but not really a good flavor. The dan dan noodles was like noodles with peanut sauce on top of a caesar salad.
I'm really surprised, or rather disappointed with the restaurant, especially when it is a combination from two great owners. I loved Flour Bakery, which is owned by Chang and Radius, where Myers is partial owner. I would think with such resumes under their belt, they could do so much better. This restaurant lacks direction because it tries to serve Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese food but each dish lacks authenticity or creativity. Hmm... When I came to this restaurant, what I was hoping for was paying higher prices for Chinese/Asian food in exchange for food made with the freshest ingredients, less oil and much tastier dishes. Coming from Cali, I was thinking Slanted Door in Ferry Building in SF, which serves great Vietnamese fare with better ingredients so I am willing to pay much more for pho there than at a hole in the wall pho place. Sadly, M&C is nothing close to that.