Les Ba’get is one of those restaurants I become easily obsessed with. When it was still chilly out, there was a time I found myself inside the restaurant more times in a week than I’d like to admit. And it never failed to be delicious.
The staple of my trips to Les Ba’get is the pho. Before the first time I ventured into the Vietnamese café, I would more often choose the chicken variety of pho. Les Ba’get only has beef broth and mostly beef protein add-ons. The two non-beef options are tofu and quail eggs.
What I love about Les Ba’get’s broth is that it’s simple yet packed with flavor. The restaurant is often perfumed with the smell of it.
The broth is simmered for 24 hours and served with thin rice noodles, slivers of yellow onion and cilantro. And while some people might think I’m crazy, I most often order my pho without protein. I enjoy the broth and the noodles so much that I feel like the meat gets in the way.
However, I enjoy the lean brisket option when I go for the protein addition.
Bean sprouts, basil, red jalapeno and lime come on the side.
My favorite way to start my meal is with the Summer spring rolls, which is hoisin butter chicken, red leaf lettuce, vermicelli, cucumber and carrots wrapped in rice paper.
An order comes with one, cut in half, but each half is big enough if you want to share the roll with another person.
The veggies are sliced thin, giving the roll an easy crunch. The chicken is the best part. The hoisin butter adds a layer of flavor to the roll that the noodles and veggies don’t have.
Speaking of the chicken, I also enjoy getting the hoisin butter chicken baguette, which you can choose to get on a croissant instead. The baguette comes with duck pate, aloli, cucumber, pickled daikon and carrots.
Other than the chicken, what I love about the baguette is the bread itself. It’s fresh and soft on the inside while maintaining a crunchy exterior.
To quench my thirst, my go-to is the passion fruit iced tea. It’s fruity, but I don’t find it overly sweet. What may throw some people off from the drink are the basil seeds that come with it. Admittedly, the seeds looked a little funny to me the first time I saw the drink, but if you like boba or any other kind of add-ins in your tea, the seeds shouldn’t bother you.
Dine-in is currently available at Les Ba’get. When you walk in, masked of course, you are handed a menu and a pen. You mark off what you want and then a server will drop by your table to pick up your order. It was a simple and easy process.
Address: 1717 W. 34th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Pho