Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Although I frequent Vietnamese restaurants, I've only been to Pho Pasteur once, and until about a week ago, I had never been to Le's, a restaurant that has replaced a few of the Pho Pasteur restaurants. Not sure why this is, because my one meal at Pho Pasteur has been a good one. But after getting over to Le's in Allston recently, I'll probably be making a few more trips to this small chain of Vietnamese dining spots in the future.
The Le's that is located in Allston is surprisingly spacious, considering how tiny many of Allston's other dining spots are. There are a couple of dining rooms to the right of the entrance, as well as a narrow dining area that is just about completely cut off from the other two rooms (it looks like the space might have been separate shops in the past). We were led to a table in the middle dining room and took a look at the menu, noticing that it looked nearly the same as the menu at the old Pho Pasteur. We started off with some steamed summer rolls which were pretty standard, but tasty enough, and the peanut sauce has a nice kick to it, adding a lot of flavor to the rolls. Our main entrees were both excellent; the cubed filet mignon had lean, tender meat and red peppers, mild onions, and Chinese broccoli, all mixed with garlic, black pepper, and soy sauce. The grilled chicken vermicelli was also quite tasty, and the chicken was flattened, giving it a nice texture. The total price was a bit high for a Vietnamese restaurant, but still pretty low compared to other dinners I have had of late.
Was the meal at Le's comparable to some of the best meals I've had in the Vietnamese restaurants in Fields Corner? Well, perhaps not, though it was very satisfying. And one thing that Le's has over my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in Dorchester is the fact that the atmosphere is a lot nicer and the space seems to be well taken care of. That, combined with the decent food, will certainly make me consider Le's once again when I have a craving for good Vietnamese cuisine.
If you want the address for Le's in Allston, here it is: Le's, 137 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134. The phone number is (617) 783-2340.
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