Saturday, November 26, 2005
OK, I went back to Atwater's Indochine so that my faithful commenters couldn't accuse me of being "unfair" by not liking my meal or of my "tastebuds not working that day." I ordered a chicken pho and a cold cuts bahn mi -- the only type offered. The chicken pho, recommended by the nasty commenter who suggested that "Gingergrass asked me to give Indochine a bad review" -- as if!, was quite good, or at least much better than Pho Cafe. The broth had a nice chickeny flavor and the rice noodles which were hopelessly gummy in the bun dish fared much better in the warm broth. The bahn mi was pretty lackluster on first taste but after a minute in the toaster oven and application of chili sauce and sweet brown soyish sauce, it wasn't bad. I suggested they offer a chicken or other flavor bahn mi -- the manager seemed surprised that some people don't eat head cheese -- and he thought it was a good idea. Everyone there is quite nice, although with at least 11 employees milling around the small cafe on a quiet afternoon, there's a bit of a Three Stooges quality to the service. So, I hope this is fair enough. If you want a good bowl of chicken noodle soup, Indochine's your place. As far as the other dishes, you'll have to see for yourself.
at 6:51 PM