Le Dalat Restaurant

STYLE: Vietnamese

Dress code: Smart/casual Reservations: Recommended for dinner

ADDRESS: 47/1 SUKHUMVIT SOI 23, BANGKOK 10110 Tel: 0-2260-1849, 0-2258-4192

A one-time private home now holds small dining areas as well as outdoor seating amid a garden, making for an intimate, tranquil meal. Le Dalat's sister restaurant, Le Dalat Indochine, is in the same soi, but nearer the top.

Not an adventurous menu as might be found at some of the newer, international-minded Vietnamese restaurants in world capitals, but what is lacking in innovation is made up for in a consistency developed throughout the restaurant's 20 years of operation. Banh yeo, Vietnamesestyle crepe, represents a standard that will not disappoint and perhaps exemplifies the cuisine's successful marriage of Southeast Asian ingredients with French cooking methods. The pork balls of nem nuong cook up a bit fatty, which is typical of this dish, but when wrapped in a rice-paper lined lettuce leaf and further enhanced with the assorted herbs and greens that are a part of most Vietnamese meals the tastes and textures get nicely evened out. For a seafood dish consider cha ca thang long, Hanoi-style fried fish with dill. Desserts will tempt, for example fried bananas in sago.

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