Dining in Pasteur had me thinking of the movie “The Lover“. Imagine Indochina still under the French colonial empire. European luxury and sophistication meets sweltering heat and lush culture in a class divided Southeast Asian country. Pasteur embodied the sexy and luxurious ambiance with the traditional Vietnamese menu. One would almost expect a man wearing a fedora with his flapper date will eventually walk in. Well, one can only wish.
The combination of the food and ambiance in Pasteur is a destination in itself. It was really hard to pull ourselves away from reading through the menu and not order everything from it. Overall it was a great experience and one that will need to be replicated more often.
We started with some cocktails to whet our appetites. We ordered a rum-based mango cocktail and a Lychee liquer martini.
For appetizers, we had a rice flour crepe dish, rice paper-rolled shrimp, and Dumplings.
Then we followed that with the most satisfying bowl of beef soup.
On to our entrees, we had Sauteed Calamari, Steamed Fish, and Bacon-wrapped tenderloin.
And who would pass the dessert? Not us!
“When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.”-Marguerite Duras, author of “The Lover”
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