Posted: 4/5/2011Provided by Citysearch -
It would be difficult for a Vietnamese chef to ruin a simple grilled pork bahn mi sandwich - unless, however, he were to use a grade of pork which was so poor as to have impossible to chew gristle in almost every single bite! Indochine Vien is conveniently located and attractive, and I have no reason to exaggerate this experience. Sliced boneless pork shoulder (carnitas type meat) would have been far better than whatever unimaginable cut this chef did use. Most of this pork ended up half chewed, on the side of my plate, rather than in my stomach. That said, the bun, vegetables, cilantro and dressing were fine and had they used chicken, it would not have had this problem. But a grilled pork banh mi made with gristly pork has no redeeming quality for me. In closing, with better quality control over the grilled pork they serve, Indochine Vien could be a good place to eat, and I will give them another try in a few months.