Jonathan Gold considers Brodard Chateau in Garden Grove, the upscale companion to wildly popular Vietnamese restaurant Brodard. He discovers similar Vietnamese cuisine, albeit with higher pieces and an OpenTable reservation policy:
And when the subject of Brodard comes up, it isn't long before somebody starts talking about Brodard Chateau, which is exactly like Brodard except that it occupies a Victorian mansion that used to be home to the Pinnacle Peak steakhouse, the prices are about a third higher and you can actually reserve on OpenTable. Plus you can get some fancy dinner-house cooking, wild king salmon, skewered filet mignon or grilled tiger prawns, if you're so inclined. The idea of Brodard Chateau, of street food taken out of a street food context, is slightly controversial among the cheap-eats crowd.While Gold is especially keen on the banh khot or "crisp little cup-shaped pancakes made from a coconut-sweetened batter, each holding a single shrimp," the Thai rolls are a must order, and he suggests the version filled with "fermented beef, served with an extra-garlicky dipping sauce." [LAT]
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