Le Cheval Restaurant Review

lecheval.gifSo before the Lionel Richie concert, we decided to eat at Le Cheval in Oakland, CA. This is a French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant that has an expansive menu including two tasting menus (seafood and beef, both reasonable priced at $18 for seafood and $25 for beef per person).

The ambiance of the establishment is quick, friendly service. The majority of the staff were Vietnamese. The seating capacity is actually quite good for a Vietnamese restaurant (one with good food anyways), anyone who frequents Vietnamese restaurants will notice that the better the food, the smaller and more cramped the place is. Le Cheval can seat multiple parties of eight and bigger with room to spare. The tables were fairly spaced out, I never felt that I would elbow my neighbor or some stranger at another table. The food comes out rather quickly, tasting good and fresh. The only drawback is that it was loud. I could hardly hear Andrea easily and the waitress either when she took our order which led to a food mixup. Andrea says it is usually quieter at lunch time and the reason is was so loud today is because people are out Christmas shopping.

Andrea had originally wanted the beef with fresh tofu, but we ended up getting the eggplant with tofu because the waitress heard me wrong. I got the pork kebab and we both had hot and sour fish soup. The eggplant with tofu was ok, since we both weren’t much in the mood for eggplant, although the tofu was good. The prok kebab was pretty good and the hot and sour fish soup was actually really good. We both also had a dry martini with Grey Goose vodka and would have been perfect if they used regular sized olives versus really tiny olives. It looked like one of Wayne Szalinski’s (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids) shrinking experiments. The total came out to $37.21, which isn’t too bad for two people. The portion sizes are definitely plentiful, we could have both shared the eggplant and tofu and both have enough to eat. All the prices are quite reasonable.

The next time anyone is in Oakland and looking for Vietnamese food, we both highly recommend it. The food is very authentic Vietnamese. It’s located on 1007 Clay Street near the Federal and State buildings and Ask.com building, open 7 days a week (Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. We definitely give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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