Bun rice noodles at Indochine -- it looks better than it tastes
I've been looking forward to the opening of Indochine on Glendale Blvd., because it's really close, I'm getting more interested in Vietnamese food, and it will surely be less crowded than Gingergrass. We took the Chowteen for a test dinner Friday night -- he's not the most adventurous diner, but felt comfortable with ordering the porkchops. I was happy to see him polish off a chicken spring roll as well.
The fried spring rolls were ok, but didn't have the nice fresh flavor of the ones at Gingergrass.
The waiter had obviously been instructed to explain to patrons how to wrap up the spring rolls with the vegetables, how to dip the beef in pepper, etc., but it didn't seem like he had been instructed that three diners need three sets of silverware and three napkins.
I ordered the beef stew served with a baguette, which was tender but kind of fatty, covered in a vaguely anise-scented sauce that seemed a little too redolent of school cafeteria food. It was certainly better with some chili sauce, however. Matt had the bun cha gio thit nuong -- rice noodles with chicken and spring rolls -- which seemed more or less flavorless. Sam's pork chops were kind of dry, but not bad in a jerkyish kind of way. Nothing really seemed to have any kind of sauce or flavor unless it was doused in chili sauce.
Verdict: The green and orange decor is cute, and it's nice that it's open until midnight, but I can't imagine having any desire to return to Indochine. I hope this isn't what authentic Vietnamese food is supposed to taste like, or I'm cancelling my imaginary trip to Vietnam. Oh, yeah, it was $30 for the three of us, and they don't serve beer or wine.
Anybody been to Pho Fresco?
Update: I've been back to Indochine a few times, mostly to get chicken pho to go. The pho is actually pretty tasty, much more flavorful than Pho Cafe in Silver Lake.