Restaurant: Tai Buu Paris Restaurant
Location: 9684 Westminster Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844
Date: June 23, 2018
Cuisine: French Vietnamese
Rating: Old School Vietnamese
Fred and Andrew T convinced me to head down on a Saturday afternoon to Garden Grove for some serious Vietnamese. Now, despite the horrific traffic, they didn’t have to twist my arm too hard because I love Vietnamese food, as evidenced by my eating around that lovely country.
While we waited for our table to come up at Garlic and Chives (more on that later) we went to one of Andrew’s favorites, old school Tai Buu.
Like a weird Parisian/Vietnamese cafe.
As usual for Babykillers events all the wine was just popped so I’ll list it here.
From my cellar: A great bottle of 1985 Nicolas Potel Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes. BH 91. A very fresh yet mature nose of citrus, white flower and lightly toasted nut aromas combines with round and vibrant middle weight flavors that possess a seductive and rich mouth feel, all wrapped in a sappy and mouth coating finish. This is really a lovely effort with complexity and ample finishing punch and is a wine that will continue to hold well if not improve.
This is why we call them the Babykillers!
But on to the food. You always get this stuff here. Salad, spicy salt, and soup. French dressing. lol!
Here is the soup. Like simple duck consume or something.
Beef tongue in gravy. Looks ugly, but pretty tasty. Particularly with carbs (below).
Goat curry. Yum. I love curry and this was a nice classic brown curry with excellent goat.
There was French Bread.
Fried Eggs. Yep. Apparently you eat them with the tongue, or maybe it was the curry.
And tomato rice.
Fried coconut sticky rice. I really enjoyed the texture and the mild coconut flavor.
Garlic frog legs. Really tender and full of garlicky flavor. Not so different than frog legs Aleppo style!
Roast quail. Like at a Chinese place but with greens.
French style beef. This was an old school rendition. Filet Mignon and a thinner, more garlicky sauce than I usually see.
Flan. Absolutely first rate flan. Caramel, light hint of orange maybe.
Overall, a fun place and some tasty (and really cheap) food. Friendly service too. Some of our party are native Vietnamese speakers so that helped too. After this, on to the main event at Garlic and Chives…