Many moons ago, this tiny non descript restaurant stood on very busy Colonial Drive overshadowed by Little Saigon and other Vietnamese restaurants in Colonialtown. The décor had little or no appeal and the ceiling tiles flaked off. Not so much right now. Over the years Lac Viet Bistro has grown and expanded. The décor has taken a definite turn and landed to define the food. It is an amazing transformation representative of tropical Vietnam.
There are hanging straw curtains that acts as dividers to give a very cozy, comforting, and private feel. In one corner there is a wine display with tropical inspired furniture and instruments. Hanging on the walls are beautiful paintings of various Vietnamese sceneries. In the middle of the restaurant there is a bar that acts as an office? Out of place. To one side of the restaurant there is a private room. The outside patio is a true replica of a street side café. The food has evolved and is more palatable. Way back when, everything was doused in fish sauce. Now, the flavors stand on their own.
Bo Tai Me is thinly sliced tamarind cured beef with basil and crushed peanuts served with a thin rice and black sesame seed crisp. Oh my lovely. This is a beef ceviche-like dish that is cooked in the tamarind’s juice acidity. Raw beef never tasted so good. Knock out!
Chim Cut Quay roasted quails. Tender, juicy, crunchy quails marinated in five spice powder and soy sauce. Perfectly roasted to chew the bones and all. Black pepper and crushed MSG on the side….pass. Sweet little morsels.
Pho Noodle Soup with Tai eye-round steak, Sach bible tripe, Bo Vien beef meatball, Ve Don skirt flank, Gan soft tendon, Chin well done, Nam flank; served with a plate of been sprouts, fresh basil, a lime wedge, and green jalapenos. A bowl of hearty goodness. Perfect beef noodle broth, delicately balanced and steaming.
Banh Cuon Lac Viet Rice Flour Crepe Special with a combination of plain, ground pork, and ground shrimp, seasoned pork loaf, steamed bean sprouts, basil, fish sauce, and ground shrimp on sugar cane. Umami. The pork was simply put–perfection. Wonder if they sell this by the pound? The ground shrimp was split in quarters, wonder what happened to the sugar cane? I was really looking forward to chewing the cane sticks. Oh well. Great dish.
33 Export is a crisp and sweet lager with a lingering after taste. It complements and covers fish sauce well. Although, the first empty glass served had a very odd odor, so was the second glass. I could guess it was from sharing the refrigerator with produce? However, drinking straight from the bottle was fine by me.
Avocado smoothie made from fresh avocados and sweet milk. A smooth creamy mixture that cools the palate.
It is refreshing and pleasing to watch this restaurant grow up and stand the test of time. This is a true testament of a commitment to succeed. Kudos for sticking around and nurturing this admired treasure.
Simply THE BEST in town. The food is almost authentic as at home. My favorit is Banh Xeo (Crunchy and tasty), Bun Cha Hanoi (tender and juicy), chicken with lemongrass (Oh good) and the duck roti (perfect). And mango salad make the meal conpleted. The sevices are very good. LacViet is one of the most beutiful Vietnamese we have been in. I gave it 5 stars. :)
Both the food & the service were excellent. It was the first time to try this cuisine for the 3 people with me. After asking a few questions back & forth, the staff quiclky [and accurately] paired us all with dishes that we all liked. Our separate tastes in foods were all accomocated handsomely. The wait staff was great. The decor was warm and tasteful. Being from the environs of New York City, the prices seemed very fair for the excellent quality of the foods served. If we go back to this part of Florida, we'll make it point to go back and dine there again.
Lac Viet provides the best of everything Vietnamese...beginning with their authentic decor, food selections, and friendly service. I always feel welcome and the owners make each visit special by taking time out to check on us personally and to make sure our meal is wonderful as usual. What made me remember this restaurant, was that a Vietnamese family had come in and had several children with them. One of the little boys wanted french fries (which of course aren't on the menu), so one of Lac Viet's waiters actually went next door to a fast food joint to fetch the boy his fries. Service like this is definitely one of a kind and extraordinary.
and we left this restaurant happy.
I saw the Channel 6 feature Eating out with Candid Coleman... The LacViet restaurant is so elegance and the foods look so delicious on TV.. So we came. I started my dinner with crispy sweet potato cake (3.95) and Grilled Shrimps and seasoning White Rice (8.95), My friend picked Spring Role (2.95) and Sweet and Sour Squid (12.95). The foods were delious. Services were so warm. The owner (don't remember name) give us attentions and wellcome. I will take my family there one day. Definitely.
I love Lac Viet for their supurb service and their tasty food. As soon as I came in I was greeted by the owners themselves and the decor was warm and inviting. I couldn't decide what to eat on the menu - there were so many delicious sounding items. Such as the rice crepes and the noodles with soup. After much deliberation and some help from Andre (the owner) I finally decided on the crispy pan fried noodles with seafood and vegetables. The combination was exquist! I topped it off with a fresh strawberry smoothie! Not only was the food delicious but it works well with my budget. I left feeling happy and I know definitely I will return. This time, Andre can count on me to bring my friends!
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