We’ve been meaning to try more Vietnamese spots in Richmond. Up next was Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro. Their original location is out in Kerrisdale but this one is located in a plaza that houses a few random stores and BBT spots.
We dropped in on a Saturday afternoon (around 2:00pm) and most of the tables were occupied. The outside patio (not open when went) looks spacious and perfect for the summertime. Service is quick and efficient although we had to ask to get some tea. At least they came by a few times to see if we wanted refills.
The menu is two pages; banh mi, appetizers, pho, specialty noodle soups, rice, vermicelli, desserts and drinks.
They also had a grilled beef in betal leaf special.
Bun bo hue (#29) ($12.95)
Spicy lemongrass beef noodle soup. Their BBH came with beef slices, pork hock, chicken balls, onion and red cabbage. No pork blood in sight though. Broth was interesting; it’s very clean tasting but flavours are very subtle. Didn’t get much lemongrass notes. Good amount of meat. Always appreciate when things are homemade (chicken balls) and the in-bone pork hock was great.
Bun rieu (#31) ($13.50)
Vietnamese pork & crab meat shrimp paste soup. This came with crab meat, fish cakes, tofu puffs, tomato and onion. Initial smell of the broth was that it was very tomatoey but taste wise, it was very clean. More noodles in this bowl than the BBH. The best thing was the crab meat (again homemade); two solid chunks of tasty crab goodness.
Not many solid Vietnamese places in Richmond but Baoguette was better than average.
Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro
#105, 4800 Number 3 Road