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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.

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    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...

            2. I like Lotus Garden's as well but I think I prefer the version at Ngoc Mai in the Tenderloin.

              1. The Bahn Xeo at Saigon Restaurant on Frank Ogawa (City Hall) Plaza in Oakland are excellent (though I'm not sure if there is coconut milk in the batter). Also be warned that it is only on their dinner menu. They will only make them during lunch but only early (like before 11:30 am) or late (like after 1 pm) at lunch (and not even then if they're busy) and it takes them about 15-20 minutes to make them. Since I work on the Plaza, I call my order in and show up 15 minutes later.

                1. I went to Cafe Le in Alameda tonight for dinner w/ some friends and I ordered the Banh Xeo because I was thinking of this thread. It was very good there. Probably the best I've had in the East Bay outside of homecooking. @ $9 I thought it was a very good deal. I believe the crepe mix did hint of coconut, and it was stuffed with shredded chicken, peeled and diced shrimp, green onion, onions, and bean sprouts. My one complaint, I would've requested the crepe a little crispier next time, but it was still good.

                  I've been to Cafe Le a couple of times since they first re-opened, and I'm pretty sure they have gotten a new chef in the kitchen recently, because the food is worlds better than the first couple times times I went.

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                  1. re: nicedragonboy

                    I'm glad to hear this, because I live a couple blocks away and have gone several times wanting very badly to like it and have been very disappointed. I haven't been back in several months.

                    Other than the crepe, anything else you've ordered and liked? Is the pho decent (didn't love it before)?

                    1. re: Hunicsz

                      I didn't like it before either, but the last two times (during the last 2 weeks) I've been with several friends and we all thought it was pretty good, so get there before they switch chefs again!

                      Also had the Bo Tai Chanh, which was good.

                      1. re: nicedragonboy

                        Thanks! Good to know there's decent Vietnamese within walking distance.

                        1. re: nicedragonboy

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                          Cafe Le
                          1531 Webster St, Alameda, CA

                    2. The newish Vietnamese restaurant in the Duboce Triangle on 14th near Market...Jasmine Garden has them...I haven't tried it yet, the next time I'm there I'll ask whether they make them with coconut milk...
                      Nice people and pretty place by the way.