Le Coloniel is one of those hidden gems in SF that has been overshadowed by the continuous slew of restaurant openings. At Le Coloniel you will find French Vietnamese cuisine in the heart of Union Square.
I recently was there for a friend’s birthday dinner. (Happy Birthday Bella!) The theme was old Hollywood glamour and scene was thick with gorgeous beauties and dapper fellas.
We were on a prix fixe menu, so I was afraid our choices would be limited. Boy was I wrong! We started with Muc Chien (salt and pepper calamari served with chili aioli dipping sauce), Bo Bia Chay (fresh spring rolls with choyote squash, shiitake mushroom, tofu, cucumber, peanuts and basil served with peanut dipping sauce), and Thit Kho Chien (confit Berkshire Pork belly with pickled bok choy, Hosui pear and quail egg). Then on to the main course: Ca Hap La Choui (steamed Chilean sea bass wrapped in banana leaves with shiitake mushrooms and ginger with a black-bean coconut sauce), Bo Luc Lac (wok-seared filet mignon with sweet garlic-soy sauce), and Dau Hu Xau Han (wok fried tofu with garlic and onion). The sea bass was so tender and moist, and the big chunks of filet mignon were so juicy and flavorful. And for a finale, a dessert plate for Miss Bella the Birthday Girl.
All of the food was ah-mazing! We definitely needed the energy for the night we had in store for us! I will wrote more about that in another post. The bill was quite pricy with the prie fixe menu, so I would definitely go there on a date or with a smaller group. But nonetheless, an evening spent with good food, friends, and conversation — is a perfect way to celebrate a special birthday. =)