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White Lily Mpls

jbanana | Feb 20, 2006 09:31 PM

Someone had asked a while back about White Lily and I had a fantastic bowl of soup there last night, so here goes...

White Lily is located in the back of the now defunct Butler Drug on the corner of 26th and Nicollet (was Le Bambou, and before that, the drugstore diner). The booths are now gone, they still need some art on the walls, and it looks like the place is still a bit of a work in progress, but it has a very contemporary and modern feel. It was nine on a Sunday night when I walked in and the owner's husband and daugther were belting out karoake tunes to an empty room, which was just classic.

Their menu is extensive on the Vietnamese side, with more limited Thai offerings. Vegfolks might be pleased, as they advertise veggie broth in their soups and have more varied veg options than many other Vietnamese places. WL also has many dishes I have never seen before on other menus, including a whole section of meats and adornments to wrap up in lettuce leaves. Trying to fend off a cold, I ordered the vermicelli soup with chicken and bamboo shoots.

A few things that stand out about this bowl of soup from the many others to choose from in these fine cities. The broth was fantastic - light and complex, with large shreds of tender chicken and big quarters of bamboo shoots. The usual artillery of condiments, lime, bean sprouts, jalapeños arrive on trays, as well as a beautiful mound of shredded lettuce and mints and nouc mam (with plenty of fresh ginger, garlic and pepper). The owner also brought out a peach-lemon-green tea on the house and I enjoyed a restorative meal while watching the television whims of her daughter, projected onto the giant screen above the bar. The owner said they will have wine and beer as of next week.

Just after they opened two months ago, I shared the yellow curry and pad thai for lunch and I remember them both being delicious, as well as extremely generous portions.

Also, I feel considerably better today than I did yesterday. Enjoy.

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