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

SETTING:
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.

FOOD:
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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