In spite of our better judgment, Ba Bar has become one of our regular eating joints. The concept of “elevated” Vietnamese food is hard to execute, I think. So much of what lovers of Vietnamese food love about the food is that it’s simple, comfort food. It doesn’t NEED to be made fancy! Even when done well, you most likely end up thinking, “I’d rather have the original ghetto version.”
Ba Bar’s concept is that it is simple Vietnamese street food, but more refined, and prepared with Pacific Northwest resources. And it IS good. Cleaner, lighter. But $11 for a bowl of pho? IS YOU CRAZY?
And yet, we eat here a couple times a month. It’s an easy 7 blocks away. The food, while pricey for “street food,” is consistent and tasty. But I think what draws me back is the atmosphere. It’s easy to eat here. Large open space, big windows, high ceilings, CLEAN. You get your Vietnamese food fix in a CLEAN, American restaurant. The floor isn’t sticky, you aren’t afraid to touch the table, and your coat and hair don’t smell afterwards. WIN WIN.
Added bonus – their pastry chef is AMAZING. The french pastries displayed in the front are REALLY good. Try any viennoiserie-type of pastry – croissants, tarts, danishes. That dough is really amazing. Last week we had cinnamon roll that was made with viennoiserie dough (as opposed to a more yeasty, bread dough) and Husband proclaimed that it was the best cinnamon roll of his life. ”BETTER THAN CINNABON?,” I asked incredulously. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it was very, very good.
Oh yeah, plus a full bar and IMO, the best Moscow Mules in town.
12 February 2013 by phi style | Categories: outfits | tags: Ba Bar, food, restaurant, seattle | 6 comments