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Aug 19, 2008 10:09 AM

Great bánh xèo?

The best bánh xèo (aka Vietnamese crepes) I've had were at Binh Minh Quan, but they seem to have gone downhill. Had one recently at Vo's in Oakland, probably won't order again. Bodega Bistro's are good.

Any recommendations on where to get great ones these days? I prefer the style with coconut milk in the batter.

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  1. I like them at both Yummy Yummy in the Sunset and Lotus Garden in deep Mission.

    Lotus Garden
    3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Yummy Yummy
    1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    1. Lotus Garden's banh xeo is fantastic - I always get one. But I can't say for sure if there is coconut milk in the batter.

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      1. re: farmersdaughter

        Lotus Garden has always been my favorite too. I did notice they weren't as good at lunch once (maybe a different chef).

        Angkor Borei makes a decent Cambodian version.

        And Golden Era's vegan version is notable for how good it is, for a vegan entree.

        1. re: Windy

          I guess I am the fourth or fifth vote for Lotus Garden: I have a bit of an addiction to it actually: must go at least once a month; must order the crepe. My second choice would be Yummy Yummy, but of course that is across town for me, so being as provincial as I am, would never allow myself to become addicted to it.

          I agree that Binh Minh Quan's version has gone downhill btw, though IIRC it does have more coconut milk than the LG version. (It has been six months or so since my last visit to Binh Minh Quan).

      2. I like the one at Binh Minh Quan also.. have they gotten bad?

        1. I haven't been to Battambang in a while, but the last time I went, their Cambodian version if banh xeo was really good.

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          1. re: daveena

            Just wanted to second Battambang, which I think is a great restaurant in general (although I haven't been in 4 or 5 months).

          2. Speaking of Lotus Garden - I have not been for at least 3 months, possibly longer. Has anyone been lately? Anything new to report, uphill or downhill, or is all the same, consistently good?

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            1. re: farmersdaughter

              I was last there three or so weeks ago (time to go back for my crepe fix :-)). Yes, consistently good, and there were a few new menu items. I meant to report on them at the time, but didn't, and of course now have forgotten details. I will try and be a better CH next time...