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Jun 27, 2012 05:56 PM

Blue Lagoon (St. Paul, Rice Street/Capitol)

I'm right now eating the best bun I've ever had in the Twin Cities. It's a bun chay (mock duck noodle salad) from Blue Lagoon on Rice Street.

An unlikely place (small, stand-alone building), just north of the disaster zone that is University right now, this little restaurant shows real promise.

Take a look at their menu tempting offerings across the spectrum of what they call, "various royal cuisines from the Nguyen Dynasty, a fusion of royal Vietnamese and French cuisines."

I drive by every day, noticed the name change when the place was transformed from the former (and unrelated) Lagoon Restaurant, and finally ordered to-go today the bun chay and a bun thit nuong cha gio (eggroll and grilled pork noodle salad). Really exemplary. At an unbelievable $6.95 each.

Help to keep this little charmer in business!

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  1. I went today and thought it mediocre. I ordered the special Bun with beef, shrimp, and eggroll. Thought it odd that it came "deconstructed" in that all the elements were separate on a plate (not in a bowl). It was awkward and messy putting it together. The meat was salty (not from fish sauce, but actual salt), the shrimp was OK, and the eggroll was downright dripping with oil.

    Not on my recommend list.

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    1. re: SmartCookie

      A few things I forgot to mention; no chopsticks on the table and none were offered, I (and it seemed everyone else) was given chicken egg drop soup to start (strange), and there was no air conditioning on a very hot day.

      1. re: SmartCookie

        Well, I'm going to give it a few more tries. My take-out bun were fully and nicely assembled; all was very fresh and flavorful. BTW, I had a Vietnamese friend who once told me that urban Vietnamese eat with forks, not chopsticks--unless they're eating Chinese food. Maybe Blue Lagoon, with its Hue cuisine (which they describe as Royal Vietnamese and French) favors forks for similar reasons.

        1. re: zita

          In my experience, urban vietnamese eat with spoons, using forks to push the food into the spoon. When eating noodles, chopsticks are used.