Xanh Bistro to Seek New Location

Categories: Viet Vittles
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Dave Lieberman
The banana blossom salad at Xanh Bistro, which will convert even the hardest heart to the way of Vietnamese food.

Xanh Bistro is the perfect introduction to Vietnamese food for people who are scared of Little Saigon and its brusque holes in the wall: it serves excellent, home-style food like grilled or stewed fish, plenty of vegetables, and great small plates in a warm, well-designed environment. The service is attentive and fluently English-speaking, the menu is approachable by non-Vietnamese while still being authentic, and there's a wine list and dessert, things not common a little further north on Brookhurst Street.

Unfortunately, it's cursed by an odd location, in the inner corner of a large plaza on Brookhurst with no exterior signage. In short, you have to know it's there to go there, which is a shame.

Chef and owner Haley Nguyen is looking for alternate digs, somewhere a little further from Little Saigon. So, gentle readers--where should Xanh go? Where in OC could Nguyen spread the gospel of light, fresh food at good prices? Is it time for Newport or Laguna to finally have a Viet place worth eating at? Could downtown Santa Ana use a place to go for shaking beef and grilled orange roughy with mango salad?

The lease on the current space expires at the end of May, so in the meantime, seek it out--go!

16161 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley; (714) 531-2030; xanhbistro.com.

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gore_mutt
gore_mutt

we've been driving down to Xanh from santa monica for a while- maybe it's time for her to come up here !

Ilovedc
Ilovedc

washington DC, please!!!

Katherine Nguyen
Katherine Nguyen

This is good to hear. This is exactly what I thought when I ate at Xanh years ago when it first opened: great food (nuoc mam/cham just as good as ma's) but I had an inkling the location would not do the restaurant any justice. That they managed to survive all these years is impressive. My vote would still be for Costa Mesa/Newport/CDM/Laguna. Case in point: Bamboo Bistro, Brodard's sister restaurant in ritzy CDM that serves even better modern Viet fare than Brodard Chateau and has been for years, just at double the prices of what you'd find in LS. Gotta pay that coastal OC rent, but it's worked very well. The place is packed all the time.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

On the border between SanTana and Orange—eastern OC needs a good Viet spot...

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

I noticed awhile back there are a few open spots on Katella.

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