When you step off Sukhumvit 23 and into the luscious gardens that surround Le Dalat Vietnamese Restaurant, you feel like you have passed across the border. Often considered one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Bangkok, it has impressed crowds with classic Vietnamese royal cuisine for over 30 years.
Le Dalat Vietnamese Restaurant is located on Sukhumvit 23. The closest public transport is the MRT at Sukhumvit and the sky train at Asoke. From here it’s around a ten minute walk, or you can grab a motorbike taxi. The restaurant is just opposite the Indian Embassy.
Pots of ferns and orchids line the walkway in front of the restaurant, leading to a wooden, colonial inspired house with ornate slatted windows. You walk into the lofty bar area, where you can grab an aperitif from Le Lotus Bleu bar and admire the family pictures that cover the walls. Serving staff are dressed in traditional Vietnamese outfits and service is warm and attentive. In the main dining room lotus shaped lanterns hang from the ceiling, corners are filled with antique furniture and the tableware is inscribed with the restaurant’s name. Overall the effect is cheesy but charming. The bathrooms have a slightly risqué decor that might not be to everyone’s taste, such a flashing statue in the ladies and a carving of naked women’s buttocks in the gents.
Le Dalat Restaurant is also a great option for lunch, with a selection of dishes starting at only 290 baht, but dinner for two in the evening can easily cost over 2000 baht for two. Some of the dishes may seem surprising, but that is because some items are a fusion of French and Vietnamese.
There is a fabulous selection of drinks on offer, and we recommend that you enjoy them in the lounge before you settle down for dinner, as this is by far the prettiest part of Le Dalat Restaurant. Classic cocktails, beers, wines and even freshly squeezed juices can be enjoyed with nems, one of our favourites, Vietnamese crispy spring rolls, hot from the fryer and filled with vegetables and shrimp.
Although the famous Vietnamese Pho soup appears on the menu (180 baht) we wanted to try some of the more unusual dishes that appeared in the hefty tome that was handed to us to help us order. Given that Vietnamese restaurants are few and far between in Bangkok, they have helpfully photographed every dish. I picked a Vietnamese curry and it was easily enough to fill me up. The deep flavours of the sauce have a certain heat, but are not overly spicy. The chicken and potato curry comes accompanied with toasted French bread and saffron rice with raisins. My companion ordered pork soup: large chunks of meat served in a broth with boiled egg, plain rice and a bean sprout and red pepper salad.
Portions at Le Dalat were very generous so we sadly didn’t get a chance this time to try any of their desserts, although I was extremely tempted by the baked apple with cinnamon and ice-cream. Dinner at Le Dalat Vietnamese restaurant was great fun. I enjoyed the kitsch decor, although I can understand why some may think it too much. Thankfully it is eclipsed by the food. The rich flavours, quality ingredients and generous portions will have guests coming back for another Vietnamese feast at Le Dalat.
Le Dalat Restaurant
- Opening Hours: Every day from 11:30 – 14:30 and 17:30 – 22:30
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asoke
- Address: 57, Sukhumvit 23 (Soi Prasarnmitr), Bangkok 10110
- Tel: +66 (0)2 2599593