We 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.
The 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. Next, 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. We 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.
Le 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