May 11, 2018
Combining the complementary flavours of France and Vietnam, this foodie hotspot ticks a lot of boxes. It’s an elegant, attractive space with whitewashed walls and palmfrond wallpaper, the light green accents helping to create a feeling of colonial Vietnam. Chef Eric Johnson has spent time cooking in Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai before settling in Seattle, serving under the renowned Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a chef famed for his Asian-inflected French cuisine. Both the food and the drinks here are fresh and vibrant. The cocktail menu is well worth exploring. The Coconut is a must order, a blend of rum, lime leaf and galangal added to a freshly cracked coconut with a spoon to scoop out the tasty, fresh coconut meat. The Stateside Daiquiri is another winner, scented with lychee liqueur and hibiscus rose water, while the For The Nguyen blends lemongrass infused bourbon with dry vermouth, gomme syrup, and orange bitters. The food menu is divided into small, medium and large plates and includes goat curry, green papaya salad, chili cumin pork ribs and baby bahn mi.