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    Le Dalat

    Vietnamese in The Helix, Emquartier...appears to be the same quality as the main Vietnamese restaurant on Sukh soi 23. SD and I started with baked clams on toasted baguette, salmon tartare, crab spring rolls and BBQ pork rolls. SD continued with the braised beef noodle soup and I had the chicken pho. All except the salmon tartare were excellent: the salmon is better appreciated, imo, if it is finely chopped rather than minced. B1650.



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    Great Stuff Tom looks delicious, I concur with shredding fish sooner than mince unless making fishcakes, If you have a chance teh French Hill Station of Dalat is a lovely retreat, fireplaces , lakeside hotels an hour from Saigon by plane or 5-8 hours depending on the traffic 1000 miles east of us.


    Very nice hotels , had very good wld boar and so so Dlat wines form local vineyards the Nguyen dynasty summer palace has worse furniture than my gran a real time warp.

    These pix give an idea of the fine sites Crazy House Temples Golf etc, one of my favourite haubns in ASEAN
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Dala...iw=683&bih=318

    Interestingly I was told by an old Asia hand here who wwas there in the war and since the Communists and Americans operated from different sides of the street in a truce so as not to spoil the best place for R and R

    Food is great anywhere in Nam even $1 street Pho but here it excells

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restau..._Province.html
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    quite liked the original restaurant, had a lot of charms, the new one on Suk 23 is still ok though

    the Helix one seems like without personality, among many other restaurants there, boring and blant

    not sure the taste and visuals in such a noisy and busy place wouldn't kill the whole experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    not sure the taste and visuals in such a noisy and busy place wouldn't kill the whole experience
    ...555...3 occupied tables in the restaurant: one by a granny and her nurse and the other by a single woman...
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    As I seem to recall, there were two Vietnamese restaurants on Soi 23. La Dalat, and La Dalat Indochine.

    La Dalat Indochine was in a converted villa. Only ever went to La Dalat Indochine, which was a superb dining experience. Great, great food. Can still remember their whole fish dish - grilled, and served upright.

    No idea if either are still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    quite liked the original restaurant, had a lot of charms
    Sure you thought the restroom was a thing of beauty and a joy to behold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    As I seem to recall, there were two Vietnamese restaurants on Soi 23. La Dalat, and La Dalat Indochine.

    La Dalat Indochine was in a converted villa. Only ever went to La Dalat Indochine, which was a superb dining experience. Great, great food. Can still remember their whole fish dish - grilled, and served upright.

    No idea if either are still there.
    yes the one in the colonial villa was the original, got shutdown as the land owner sold the place to build a condo, they tore down the beautiful colonial villa, the greedy barbarian fools

    they built another restaurant further down the road, same staff, same cook etc... not as classy as the villa, but same furniture, so still ok as a dining experience. Still great food.

    it's Le Dalat, not La Dalat, unless the Thai also fucked up the spelling on the restaurant, but I seem to remember the business card had it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Sure you thought the restroom was a thing of beauty and a joy to behold.
    I wonder how many men wanked in that toilet

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...555...3 occupied tables in the restaurant: one by a granny and her nurse and the other by a single woman...
    I think the restaurant is split in tow, one cosy quiet side and another take away side with tables near the center of the Helix where all the foot traffic is,

    must be busy and noisy at 1230p, that's how I remember it last time I was there

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    What about Le Shirt?

    Paisley?

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    btw, TomTom, Le Dalat does excellent crepes for desert

    have you tried them with Pierre ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    What about Le Shirt?
    ...today's chemise was a subdued plaid that reflected a certain eagerness to enjoy lunch...it was subsequently enhanced by a soupcon of pork roll sauce...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    one cosy quiet side
    ...this is where we sat to avoid the crowd in the men's room...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...this is where we sat to avoid the crowd in the men's room...
    probably too crowded for you and Pierre,

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    it was subsequently enhanced by a soupcon of pork roll sauce...
    next time use a bib...


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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    next time use a bib
    ...I can definitely see one in my future: the old granny had one on...cotton terrycloth with a "Hello Kitty" motif...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post

    it's Le Dalat, not La Dalat, unless the Thai also fucked up the spelling on the restaurant, but I seem to remember the business card had it right
    Nope - you are right. My mistake.

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    No wine or desserts?

    Post your Svenssons pics, food snob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    yes the one in the colonial villa was the original
    Yes, I ate there many times.

    Fantastic setting.

    I'll pass on the 'outlet' version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    No wine or desserts?
    ...the wine was a forgettable Australian red...not worth a mention; desserts didn't look interesting...not with the banks of creamed sugar delights available once we left the restaurant...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Yes, I ate there many times.

    Fantastic setting.

    I'll pass on the 'outlet' version.
    the outlet is a bit miserable, but when your shirt is Pierre Cardin, it's perfectly acceptable

    I wouldn't want to be caught with my shirts in that outlet though

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