Le Pho Vietnamese Kitchen
Address: 353 E. Bonneville Ave.
Status: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
District One chef Khai Vu's next venture at downtown's Juhl residential building debuts today. The Vietnamese kitchen Le Pho sits on the western corner, right next door to the Classic Jewel.
Le Pho's 2,557 square feet of work space includes a compact 240 square feet of outdoor seating, featuring views of Bonneville and Third Street and the drive-thru wedding chapel across the street.
Look for twists on the traditional pho bowl, as well as banh cuon, "steamed rice roll stuffed with ground pork, wood ear mushroom and shallot," banh mi op la, created with a "baguette, pâté, eggs, fresh cut veggies," banh beo, a variety of steamed rice dishes served tapas style and pho ga, a Vietnamese chicken noodle soup.
Other dishes previewed include a lotus root salad with sliced pork, and shrimp lightly tossed with fish sauce vinaigrette, then topped with roasted peanuts and cilantro; served on sesame rice crackers and ribeye pho in a traditional beef broth with rice noodles and thin slices of ribeye, dressed with fresh herbs, jalapeño, bean sprouts and lime.