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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bodard Bistro

9140 Bellaire Blvd, Suite B
(tucked into a corner of the shopping plaza)

Bodard Bistro is one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants Rekha and I like to frequent. Like many places of this nature, they have a couple of fantastic dishes and a plethora of acceptable, but nothing-special dishes. So let's skip the mundane stuff and go to two of the reasons to eat here... Well 3 reasons, but we'll get to that in a moment.

Nem Nuong Nha Trang. Essentially, it's a spring roll with grilled ground pork
(?) and a cylinder of deep fried rice paper shell. Ohhhh sooo good. No vermicelli on the inside. This spring roll derives its flavor from the flavorful meat and the dip . The dip looks like egg-drop soup and comes warm. Put some red sauce (not Spiracha) in it to jazz up the taste.

Catfish Clay Pot. I don't know if it's catfish they use or the more ubiquitous (at least in Vietnamese restaurants) Vietnamese mudfish, but the fish comes out quite tender and the clay pot creates a spicy, sweet and tasty caramelization on the fish.

I said there were three reasons to come. The third is a drink. On good days, the avocado shake is not too sweet and not too icy. Just perfect.



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January 03, 2006

Blogger Texas Chef said...

I have a friend in Malaysia who I have promised I would find a picture of inside Hong Kong Market, Houston. Do you have one?

January 11, 2006

Anonymous midtowner said...

i came across your site when I wanted to find out more about cova wine bar. there are plenty of other restaurants you need to check out in houston. It's funny because my bf and his brother actually wanted to start a site like this last year, but you beat them to the punch. anyways, if you have a chance check out lemon grass cafe in bellaire and shade in the heights, i tried to see your comments on those restaurants but you had none. Also you should have a section for BYOB places in houston.

January 11, 2006

Blogger Lynn said...

Huan - help! I am a devoted Houston foodie like you. However, my food adventures have been on hold for the last year after the birth of my darling baby girl. I am hopelessly out of touch with which restaurants are "in" and which are serving interesting, exciting food. My young, hip and single brother-in-law is coming to town from Ohio and I'd like to take him out to a nice dinner to show him what a world-class restaurant city Houston is (without breaking the bank). I am okay with spending a decent amount of money but places like Bank and Aries are out of the question. I'm hoping for somewhere with great food as well as uber-cool ambience. Any suggestions?

On another note, I took a look at your wedding pictures from the link on your blog - beautiful! I'm Indian, like Rekha, and I just think you both have the most gorgeous looking family! Good luck!

January 24, 2006

Anonymous Arada said...

Did you see the article/ review of Bodard Bistro in the Houston Press?
"Sanguine Soup and Sandwich--
Bodard Bistro on Bellaire is packing them in with 'not too greasy' Vietnamese food" by Robb Walsh.

Have you been to Sinh Sinh?
My dad (who's Thai) loves one of their noodle dishes. They have a Thai menu (same dishes just using the Thai name).

January 27, 2006

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January 31, 2006

Blogger Huan said...

I have tried lemon grass cafe. Very interesting concept. They need to figure out how to make it work though. I really like the ambiance, but thought the food was a little bland. I liked Shade and thought I reviewed it, but perhaps I haven't. I like how they do the three soup appetizers there.

Thanks for the kind words. I hope I haven't written too late, but there is one restaurant... Cafe Rabelais in the Rice Village. Take them there. Also take them to a real texas joint, Goode company Barbecue. Congratulations on the baby!!!

I saw that article. Robb has a very similar taste profile as I do. I liked the article very much.

January 31, 2006

Anonymous Siegfried said...

This place will give you food poisoning. Roaches in pho. Eat at your own risk...

March 20, 2006

Blogger Huan said...

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March 27, 2006

Blogger Huan said...

yes. the place isn't too clearn. but what are you doing ordering pho here? don't eat pho at a place unless it specializes in pho.

March 27, 2006

Anonymous Kevin said...

MMMM. I love Bodard! I like the family meals. When it is just my girlfriend and I we get the family meal for one but substitute the shrimp salad and chicken with cilantro mussels. They are so good. On the half shell and they have jalapenos for a little spice.

July 25, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this place has roaches in the pho soups

they dont wash the veggies b4 doing the goi cuongs (spring rolls) one time when i was there this lady was complaining that there was a catapillar in her goi cuong

the cups are super dirty you can tell right away when u hold the cup near the sunlight

don't get me wrong the food is wonderful and cheap but not clean.. so it it worth it?

September 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on a quest to find braciole on in houston.... any recommendations?

August 09, 2008


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