“While there’s plenty of good food in Little Saigon, I wouldn’t say
there’s a plethora of ‘finer’ choices,” notes hch_nguyen.
Places like S Vietnamese and Brodard Chateau take the same food from their humbler sister restaurants (like the original Brodard’s excellent nem nuong cuon) and charge more for it in an upscale setting, says kingkong5. He recommends Favori as a pleasant place for good-value authentic food. It’s not exactly elegant, but the service and surroundings are way better than the average Vietnamese joint. Make sure to get the whole baked crispy catfish that you roll in rice paper. Only problem is, the place is popular with families, so it tends to be loud.
Da Lat Bistro has the same roasted fish as Favori, with newer and nicer ambiance, says septocaine_queen. It also does a very good bo luc lac and serves wine.
Benley is an artsy, modern café—stylish if not fancy—serving modernized Vietnamese food with real attention to detail, says Tkn. Make sure to get the buttermilk panna cotta, adds cookee.
A couple of relative newcomers also have a dash of style: Le V Cuisine and Aysya.
S Vietnamese Fine Dining [Little Saigon]
545 Westminster Mall Drive, Westminster
Brodard Chateau [Little Saigon]
9100 Trask Avenue, Garden Grove
3502 W. First Street, Santa Ana
Da Lat Bistro [South OC]
16525 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
Benley [South Bay]
8191 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach
Le V Cuisine [South OC]
17431 Brookhurst Street, Unit A, Fountain Valley
Aysya [South OC]
17271 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
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