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May 15, 2008 05:55 AM

Nice Meal at Le's in Allston

We headed over to Le's in Allston last night. This is my first time at one of these places since they changed from Pho Pasteur, and the first time I have ever been to the Allston location.

The place has a weird setup, with three dining rooms, one of which is totally cut off from the other two (I'm guessing the space used to be two or even three separate stores before becoming Pho Pasteur/Le's?). We grabbed a table in the middle dining room and ordered a steamed summer roll app (pretty tasty, with the spicy peanut sauce helping make it stand out a bit from some of the others I've had elsewhere). For entrees, we had the grilled chicken vermicelli and the cubed filet mignon. The vermicelli was good; the sliced chicken was flattened a bit and had a nice consistency, and the rest of the ingredients seemed pretty fresh. The cubed filet mignon was better, IMO, with a delicious mix of pepper, garlic, and soy sauce, and lots of veggies mixed in, including Chinese broccoli, red peppers, and mild onions.

Prices were ok, with the total being about $36 including a couple of drinks.

I know that some people aren't all that impressed by Le's, but I thought it was pretty good. I think I still prefer the Vietnamese places in Fields Corner, but the atmosphere in those places is lacking and the neighborhood can be a bit rough late at night, so Le's will probably remain an option for me when I have a craving for Vietnamese cuisine.

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  1. Thanks for the review, I've been wondering about the Le's locations myself. IN general, how different is the menu than when it was Pho Pasteur? Still a big emphasis on pho? or not?

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    1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

      They do have some pho dishes, but they have a lot of other options, too, including some Chinese and Thai dishes.

    2. I don't think the menu changed, only the name.

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      1. re: lergnom

        Confirmed: the menu has been the same since it was Pho Pasteur.

        It's a great spot.

        1. re: blackcoffee

          nothing but the name has changed since pho.

      2. Yeah, I've never really understood the general disinterest-verging-into-antipathy for Le's round some parts. No, it's not a bustling little mom and pop or anything like that, but they do what they do quite well, and at popular prices. One of my favorite summertime lunches is their bun and a fizzy jasmine limeade. In fact, if I wasn't on deadline today, I would totally do that for lunch.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          I had the fizzy jasmine limeade with my meal last night. It was very nice! The Green Tea "bubble tea" was pretty tasty, too.

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            The place isn't discussed much but I had no idea there's antipathy. They do a creditable job in a fairly pleasant atmosphere with quick service. They changed the restaurant name to their last name.

            I mostly get carryout from Pho Viet but the difference in food quality between the places is minimal. I think the pho broth is better at Pho Viet.

          2. I've been a fan of Le's/Pho Pasteru for years. It's not terribly exciting, but consistent food at a reasonable price. I haven't noticed a difference since the name change.

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            1. re: shivered

              That's what I wanted to hear! I've had some very memorable winter meals enjoying a very large, very hot, very fairly priced bowl-o-pho at Pho Pasteur; I'm glad to hear that Le's hasn't deviated from that!

            2. Their branch in Harvard Square is also a good standby amidst the pricier options in the area.