Many years ago my husband and his mother and I ate at an amazing French-Vietnamese restaurant in New York. My mother in law is visiting this weekend and last night I remarked that I’d love to find some food like that around here – the only Viet food I’ve eaten in Los Angeles has been Pho (and some of the Thai food that crosses over, and some that I made myself, but nevermind). When I brought it up her eyes lit up and so I started searching google and CitySearch. I found Indochine Vien – not French so much as Vietnamese, but known for a vegetarian selection, which is important for me. We had lunch there today and it was divine – and around $50 (maybe less, I didn’t see the check) for three of us.
It’s a cute place, nice simple decorations. They are closing on the 17th for about a month to renevate the kitchen. Get there soon! It is really worthwhile. The spring rolls and egg rolls are especially divine, with or without meat. There’s parking in the back, which is where I took the photo. It is kid-friendly, but there is no changing table in the bathroom.
Indochine Vien, 3110 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Yum.