Let’s just say that everything about Le Colonial is, “Le Nice.“ Residing in the River Oaks District and celebrating all things 1920s French colonial southeast Asia, Le Colonial is full of sass, swank, mahogany, wicker and leather banquettes. While the swank and sass rotate in and out of the front door, the mahogany, wicker and leather banquettes blend seamlessly with period photography, palm trees and all the other details necessary to pull off the perfect opulent oasis that is Le Colonial. Both areas have outside seating but inside, downstairs is a grand dining room where many, many, many majestic meals take place. Upstairs, Le Colonial lets the guard and the lights down. You want to head upstairs when you’re looking to live it up on the busy days or escape the dining room vibe on the slow days; even the music up here is trendy. And the people are fun to watch! Food covers all the traditional Vietnamese comfort choices and also blends in French/Asian fusion across the menu, served as large or small plates, soups and salads. The Bo Luc Lac (Shaking Beef) is a hot seller and we‘ll be trying the Vit Quay (Crispy Whole Duck) next time we’re in the mood for a good time and a fancy meal for sharing. Also worth noting, how many French (martinis) the bartender was pouring, but there‘s an entire page of cocktails, six pages of wine and three draft beers, so we’re sure you’ll find something you like – everyone else did.
This month’s Perfect Pair mates two new items off the recently updated menu. The Ca Hoi Nuong lays a perfectly seared, miso-glazed verlasso salmon atop shiitake mushrooms, crispy, but cooked baby bok choy, annato oil for color and tang and coconut lobster broth which is a treat in and of itself and also as a yang to the miso. Pair the salmon with a creative drink off of Le Colonial’s Vietnamese-inspired cocktail menu, the Tra Thao Moc (The Evening Tea). Combining Half Hitch Gin out of London with Italicus (Italian bergamot liqueur) and a touch of lemongrass-infused simple syrup topped off with sliced lemon and fresh ground pepper, The Evening Tea is an elegant and unique cocktail with Earl Grey-like flavors, hence the name. It also smells wonderful and drinks easy with a unique thickness. When paired, the dish and the drink combine for a wonderful balance, a really enjoyable meal.
4444 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks District) | Houston, TX 77027 | 713.629.4444
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