I went back to Le's Vietnamese restaurant on Thursday and dropped around $20 for a couple of carry-out meals.
All in all, it was quite yummy and very unique. Not up to the top level when compared to Song Long's, my local "always good" Pho joint, but I will return to Le's to continue to sample the menu. EDIT: Le's dining update below:
Went back to Le’s last week in an attempt to sort out more of the menu and see where this place really falls in the scale of local Vietnamese restaurants.
I was on my way home from the office, so I decide to do a carry-out of two meals that varied greatly in ingredients and type. I chose the #29, Spicy vermicelli soup with spicy beef stew and then a simple BBQ roast pork with steamed rice meal. (I was warned the spicy beef stew was VERY spicy, but I like my food very very hot, so I was not deterred.)
After getting things home and doing a little prep (I still cannot find my dishes, hence the disposable bowls--ugh), the amount of food given was quite nice. The soup came in a 32oz container and was full to the brim . It included a very very good but not stellar chile and tomato based beef broth, along with some lemongrass and a LOT of heat for most (Probably a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10) and also included a good amount of shredded beef. In a separate container came the sides that are to be added to the broth once portioned out. These included more sliced beef, Vietnamese sliced pork loaf, noodles (in the form of spaghetti—odd I thought), cilantro, cooked onion slices, and sliced jalepenos a’la typical pho fare. I got 3 meals out of this part using big portions, so it is quite a bit of food.
The roast pork BBQ was the same meat as the sandwich reviewed earlier, but by adding sauce and stir frying it, the result was far more tender than the meat used in the sandwich. It was a nice sized meal as well, and tasty, and unique, but not anything most would not say is typical in a Chinese take-away place.
Spicy Beef stew
Fixins’ and soup container minus what is in bowl shown above
BBQ Roast pork with rice
All in all the food was very good and I’ll keep diggin into the menu to find more goodies and try the Pho to set up a baseline on that item.
There is still nary a patron in the place when I drive by and while I was there and the beer I had at On- the- Rox bar next door while waiting for my food was interesting in itself. My guess is that Le’s is a neat idea but bad location for anything but simple and known ethnic food.
BTW, For those on the Westside of town, the Angilo’s pizzeria at Cheviot Rd. and Westwood-Northern boulevard has closed and a little mom-and-pop Jamaican restaurant has opened there. I’ll stop in next week and see what’s up although I’m not over that way very often.
There is also a mom-and-pop style Peruvian restaurant IIRC over on Rt. 4 at Kemper amongst all of the construction for those strip centers and I need to stop in there as well to see what they offer.
Hope this helps.