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HappyYummyDay Apr 15, 2009 09:59 PM

How do you do, Chowhounders!
My very first posting is about a French Vietnamese restaurant in SoCal.
For the last 10 or so years, my favorite has always been Song Long in Westminster. Lately, though, I am feeling a bit, well, fickle. Is there any place else out there that is as good as (or even better than) Song Long? Thank you all for your opinions in advance :-)

PS Is it true that Kasen in Fountain Valley will soon be closed for good? Such a bummer if it's true...

  1. Will Owen Apr 16, 2009 05:50 PM

    The Brodard Chateau (or is it Chateau Brodard?) in Garden Grove serves Vietnamese with a strong French accent; in fact, our waiter spoke flawless French, to the delight of everyone at the table but me, since I knew that he was going to explain everything in French and I'd have to ask Mrs. O for a translation. Aside from that, the food and service were very good and not too expensive, and the room is elegant and slightly formal without being stiff or intimidating.

    Brodard Chateau
    9100 Trask Ave., Garden Grove

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    1. re: Will Owen
      HappyYummyDay Apr 16, 2009 08:22 PM

      The place sounds wonderful. Will definitely try it soooon - Thank you, Will Owen!

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      suvro Apr 16, 2009 05:37 PM

      S Vietnamese Fine Dining? http://www.sfinedining.com/

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      1. re: suvro
        HappyYummyDay Apr 16, 2009 08:23 PM

        Thanks, suvro, for your suggestion!

        1. re: HappyYummyDay
          suvro Apr 16, 2009 09:33 PM

          I have never been to this place, but am planning to go in early May. I just took a look at their dinner menu - see http://www.sfinedining.com/menu/WEBDINNER.pdf

          Seems like a strong French influence on their Vietnamese menu:

          Suon Sot Hat Luu - Seasoned pan roasted French cut pork chop topped with caramelized sweet onion in soy pomegranate sauce served with
          vegetable and steamed rice.

          Bo Luc Lac - Vietnamese style “shaken beef”. Sautéed diced Filet Mignon with minced garlic, sweet onions, served with steamed rice and
          cucumber salad.

          For whatever it is worth, here is LA Times' review - http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

          1. re: suvro
            HappyYummyDay Apr 17, 2009 05:53 PM

            Just looking at the menu makes my stomach growl! Thank you for your follow up, suvro. Looking forward to seeing your review on it soon.

            1. re: suvro
              Raspberries Apr 17, 2009 09:38 PM

              The chef, Stephanie, also has a bakery in Little Saigon called Final Touch. She worked as an engineer or something for years and years before bailing and pursuing her dream of studying pastry. Bakery is solid for cakes and the like - pricey by Little Saigon standards (which still means crazy cheap compared to everywhere else) and really decent. Have been a customer for over a decade -

              S is good, too - for me, I'd rather have traditional old-school, divey Vietnamese food. Desserts there are noteworthy; I remember a Bailey's creme brulee fondly.

              (Also: Her in-laws have a little bakery off of Magnolia, in the same strip mall as Pho Bolsa that makes really good traditional Vietnamese stuff.)

              1. re: Raspberries
                HappyYummyDay Apr 18, 2009 03:50 PM

                My sweet tooth thanks you, Raspberries!

          2. re: suvro
            Das Ubergeek Apr 16, 2009 09:23 PM

            Along those same lines, Xanh Bistro in the little tiny part of Fountain Valley that's part of Little Saigon.


            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              HappyYummyDay Apr 17, 2009 05:50 PM

              Sounds great! Thank you, Das Ubergeek!

          3. j
            jblee Apr 16, 2009 01:30 PM

            How about Favori?

            1. wilafur Apr 16, 2009 01:17 PM

              more french than vietnamese...but the chef is vietnamese.........la vie in rosemead.

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              1. re: wilafur
                HappyYummyDay Apr 16, 2009 05:32 PM

                Thanks for your input, wilafur!

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                LBeater Apr 16, 2009 09:58 AM

                I dont know if it's still around, but there's a restaurant called "Victory" or "Victoria" that has really good FV food.

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                1. re: LBeater
                  HappyYummyDay Apr 16, 2009 12:03 PM

                  Thank you for your INFO, LBeater! Love to try it - Could you pls let me know the approx loc of the restaurant?

                  1. re: LBeater
                    mikester Apr 16, 2009 03:31 PM

                    I wonder if you're thinking of Favori ? It's very much "French Vietnamese", and it's good.


                    Technically it's in Santa Ana but it's right on the border with Westminster.

                    1. re: mikester
                      Joe Blowe Apr 17, 2009 10:26 PM

                      Nope, LBeater is thinking of Victory:

                      VICTORY RESTAURANT
                      580 E. GARVEY AVE.
                      MONTEREY PARK, CA 91755

                      1. re: Joe Blowe
                        HappyYummyDay Apr 18, 2009 09:29 AM

                        Thank you, Joe Blowe.

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