Comme du Vietnam
Rue de Avenue de Choisy, Paris, France.
It’s a very beautiful Vietnamese restaurant here in Paris, with modern decor, using photos to commemorate the old Vietnam. The place is probably doing very well because during the holidays, when most restaurants are closed, it still runs, thus making it a favorite choice for people who don’t travel for vacation to have a nice spot to eat out. On entry, it looks quite small and cozy but it is partitioned into three spacious wings, filled with sitting areas. There’s a huge bar that boasts of many different drinks, both Asian and International. It also has an extra dining experience downstairs. It’s incredible. The place is equipped with mirrors, which to some subtle advantage, helps the place as everyone is a bit narcissistic once in a while. It has an efficient thermal system such that one could sit down outside during winter and have a heat lamp directly over their heads.
It’s a well lit up space.
Then menu is mainly a Vietnamese affair. Even the starters here are based on Vietnam origin. It’s a cute place, not so big but neatly setup with just enough sophistication to maintain a minimalist outlook.
It was very packed on arrival and at once I felt confident that the food would be packed with flavor as well!
I was not wrong!
The menu was swiftly brought to us by a Vietnamese waitress who was very nice and efficient. I always wanted to try the Noodles from Asia, so we picked a Noodles type dish; Vietnamese Vermicelli noodle salad with grilled Pork (I’m just a pig for food )and fried rolls and a plate of grilled beef kebab with a salad on the side.
While waiting we were tempted to try the beer from Vietnam, as we usually drink beer from France and Belgium all the time. We bought one bottle to split, just Incase it wasn’t nice! It was very agreeable, like a Star or Heineken in Nigeria.
Ten minutes into a healthy discussion, our meals were brought to us. Now, you remember that I chose the noodles and it came in a lovely black, ceramic bowl which was neatly partitioned, containing the noodles, grilled pork strips, fried rolls, some salad, and a sweet, spicy sauce (Not really sure what the sauce was but on first impression it looked a lot like a little bowl of water).
I was a bit careful as to how I’d act with that bowl but I was saved when my significant other told me that it contained the sauce to be poured on my salad and noodles. I breathed a sigh of relief and set to work chowing down some pork noodle soup! It was served with chopsticks also but luckily for me I used to practice chopsticks with my “Indomie” at home so I was a pro haha! The restaurant also made sure to provide basic cutlery, just In case you’re not up to the task.
The first bite was a rush of beautiful, beautiful tastes! The blend of the sauce, with the tasty grilled pork strips and the cool salad all at once, gave me this euphoric feeling. The noodles are nothing like our “Indomie” back home by the way! It’s a lot more drier and fluffier. It mixes so with the sauce and most of the time the grilled pork chips gives a knockout taste. This is a meal I would have over and over again. Plus it was quite filling.
The other dish was so good too. Beef kebab, grilled and beautifully served with salad dressing. Vietnamese really know how to grill their beef. It was richly soaked in sauce, at whatever depth you bite into, the taste is still great.
Over all, it was a beautiful day, with beautiful company, and one of the best food I have had in France.
Vietnamese Vermicelli Noodles: 10.5 €
Beef Kebab with Salad: 9.5€
(VAT added but I don’t know how much).
It’s a lovely place where everyone should visit, to taste the food of Vietnam. Maybe there are better spots but here, it’s not expensive, great service, great food, and a magnificent ambience. What more could you ask for?!