Le Soleil Restaurant- Excellent New Vietnamese
Carol & Joe Davis
Francisco has great neighborhoods like Clement Street
in the Inner Richmond. The diversity of people, shops and restaurants
makes it very special. Le Soleil is part of this
special culture as they have been on Clement for twenty years.
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Dennis Wong, known for creating innovative dishes
with balanced and diverse flavors using authentic and unique ingredients,
has updated his New Vietnamese Cuisine menu so we were excited
to see it.
evening we chose to sit at a high table in this small pleasant
restaurant and looked at the new focused menu. We were impressed
by all the Appetizers. The Imperial Rolls made with pork,
mushrooms and carrots were crispy and light. We dipped them in
a light chili sauce and rolled them up in lettuce Vietnamese style.
The contrast between the crispy roll and tender crispy lettuce
made it very enjoyable. Next, we ordered the Beef Carpaccio
made with thinly sliced rare filet mignon with citrus, mint and
chili. We love beef carpaccio and this preparation was spicy and
wonderful! It was served with shrimp chips which were light and
crispy. We also enjoyed the sweet rice crusted Shrimp Rice Krispies
which were lightly fried delicious shrimp cakes filled with water
chestnut filling and served with peanut sauce. Each appetizer
was beautiful and very visually appealing.
favorite Entrees were the Sea Bass, the Lu Lac Shaken Beef
and the Crab. The soy glazed Caramelized Sea Bass was
perfectly prepared with a light caramelized glaze. The fish was
slightly sweet and the tender Brussels Sprouts and rice were excellent
additions. The Lu Lac "Shaken Beef" was wok
tossed luscious flank steak over rice that was served with pepper
dipping sauce. The best entrée was the Garlic Roasted
Dungeness Crab which was pan fried in brown butter and garlic
then served over thin egg noodles. It was a spectacular presentation
and tasted amazing, was light with had great texture and wonderful
flavors! We can't wait to have all these entrees again! Le
Soliel's Wine List features International and California
Wines that are very reasonably priced and offered by the bottle
and by the glass. We enjoyed the 2011 Stellenbosch Fleur Du
Cap Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, the 2009 Tangent
Pinot Gris from Edna Valley, CA. and the 2010 Leese-Fitch
Pinot Noir from Sonoma, CA.
just couldn't contain ourselves when we saw the dessert menu.
The Fried Banana which was honey drizzled golden brown banana
egg rolls served with coconut ice cream was perfect. The Mango
Sticky Rice made with fresh sliced mangos with sweet black
sticky rice topped with coconut ice cream was also very authentic
and tasty. The Crème Brulee made with Vietnamese
coffee and creamy custard topped with caramelized sugar was excellent
and very light. We ended our excellent dinner with fresh brewed
Vietnamese coffee. We enjoyed the option of adding just the right
amount of condensed milk that we liked with our coffee.
to Le Soleil Restaurant on their twentieth anniversary.
The cuisine was fantastic and we look forward to returning soon
to the Clement Street location and on our next trip to Asia to
their Le Soleil Restaurant in The Royal Garden Hotel in Hong Kong.
133 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA. 94118