Weekend Brunch Service
have enjoyed dining at Le Colonial on Cosmo Place many times
over the past twelve years. So, we were quite pleased to hear
that they started to serve Weekend Brunch. Their A La Carte
menu created by Executive Chef Joe Villanueva features contemporary
twists on traditional Vietnamese French Cuisine. The décor
is like an exotic paradise evoking the tropical elegance of
French Colonial Vietnam in the 1920's. We loved the palm trees,
tin ceiling, vintage lamps, photographs, bamboo birdcages
and rattan furniture. You truly feel like you have been transported
thousands of miles to another place and a hundred years to
another time! We were seated in the main dining room and started
out with a few of their Specialty Cocktails. A Grey Goose
Cosmo with extra lime juice and a GiGi made with Grey Goose
" La Poire" Vodka, St Germain, Elderflower liquor
and Lillet Blanc served up with a float of sparkling Rose'
were an excellent way to relax as we perused the menu. We
ordered a bottle of Badoit French sparking spring water and
listened to Lindsay our knowledgeable server explain the new
menu and make some recommendations.
Appetizers that we enjoyed were the Du Du Tom tasty and crispy
lettuce wrap made with green papaya, carrot , cilantro , shrimp
and peanut and the Bahn Cuon steamed chicken ravioli with
bean sprouts which was spicy tender and unique. It would also
make a nice entrée.
we had the traditional Soup. The Pho Bo made with oxtail,
rare beef tenderloin, rice noodles, cilantro, scallions and
crispy shallot. This was excellent comfort food which left
a spicy taste in your mouth! Our favorite Main Course was
the Bo Luc Lac, which was a fabulous wok seared filet mignon
made with sweet garlic soy sauce, baby mixed greens and toy
box tomatoes. The Com Trang steamed jasmine rice, with scallion
oil and cocoanut was a perfect accompaniment. You must have
the side dish Bap Cai Non which is flash fried Brussels sprouts,
portabella mushrooms, sweet chili sauce, and crispy shallots.
This sweet and delicious side was like no Brussels Spouts
you've ever had before and will bring haters to their knees.
We saved room for dessert and enjoyed the Vietnamese Flourless
Chocolate Cake. It was flavored with Vietnamese coffee, topped
with whipped cream and crispy banana wonton and was the perfect
finish to our three hour brunch. While dining we enjoyed chatting
with Sommelier William Boumier who helped us choose wines
to pair with our brunch.
particularly enjoyed the 2007 Fitz- Ritter Gewurztraminer
from Spatlese, Pfalz, Germany which was sweet and herbaceous
and the 2008 New Harbor, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
which was crisp and fruity. He also explained the difference
between warm weather Sauvignon Blanc which is fruitier and
cool weather which is grassier.
Colonial serves dinner nightly, has live music in the lounge
and now serves Brunch from 11:30 - 2:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.
You will feel like you are on vacation enjoying Patio Dining
on their lovely covered outdoor veranda. We also appreciate
that they have Valet parking available.
20 Cosmo Place
San Francisco, CA. 94109
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