After my very positive experience in Long Phung – I decided to do a series of posts on my search for authentic Vietnamese food in Singapore.
You will likely not see any reviews of Pho (I concluded that I’m really not a big fan of pho and even the highly raved Pho Hoa in HCMC did not manage to change my mind) and spring rolls (I can make spring rolls reasonably well after my lessons in Saigon cooking school so why bother to buy them! :))
Le Viet Cafe and Restaurant was my second stop in this series because they sell banh cuon (steamed rice rolls)! Le Viet is located under the Peranakan hotel (very near Al Forno). Love the pretty white and red shophouse exterior!
The menu looked a little confusing to me – the first 3 pages were on Vietnamese cuisine and the rest were on Chinese food. Le Viet was opened by a Singaporean Chinese in 2002 – I guess she wanted to have a wider menu to cater to a broader audience.
Le Viet’s business must be faring well given they just opened a new branch in Katong 112.
BANH XEO (Vietnamese Crepe) – Le Viet’s banh xeo was pretty good. The crepe was thin and crispy at the sides. The prawns inside were succulent and fresh but the pork was too tough. I prefer the thin slices of pork used in the banh xeo I had in Saigon. Interestingly, the crepe was served with 1 piece of lettuce and pickled carrots. I always thought the right way to eat banh xeo was to wrap a small portion of it in lettuce?
BANH BOT LOC (Steamed Shrimp dumpling) – The version here was too chewy for my liking. I don’t think i will order this next time.
CAFE SUA DA (ICED COFFEE with evaporated milk) – The coffee beans here were specially roasted and flown in from Saigon. Le Viet served a pretty strong coffee but I felt that the one from Long Phung was more fragrant.
Unfortunately, both banh cuon (steamed rice rolls) and banh beo (steamed rice cakes) were not available that evening! Apparently, the steamer was spoilt and they need to order another one directly from Vietnam. 😦
Overall, Le Viet serves OK Vietnamese food. They do have some interesting Hue (Central Vietnam) dishes and the ambience is pleasant and cooling. Moreover, they offer a good variety of food selection (i.e. Chinese cuisine). However, please note that Le Viet East coast is currently not selling Chinese food (The chef went over to the branch in Katong 112). Please call to double confirm before heading down.
Le Viet Cafe and Restaurant
Tel: +65 6446 4567
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Add: 392 East Coast Road, Singapore
Spend: $26.20 (for all 3 items ordered). Only service charge, no GST.
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