Thursday, October 29, 2009

Baoguette Cafe St. Marks 10-29-2009

Location: 37 St. Marks. Pl
Time: 6:30pm
People: RB and myself


"Where did you go for lunch today, RB?"
"Baoguette, of course, my dear."

on 26th Street is one of RB's go to spots for lunch. Today, we tried their St. Marks location for dinner since they offer table service. Seating, however, is very limited, and it gets very crowded here and quite chaotic with takeout customers and people who are waiting for tables. You would feel rushed eating here, so it might be more suitable for takeout.

My shrimp bun with lime fish sauce and fried garlic ($9) was delicious and full of garlicy pleasure. My mouth still tastes like garlic, which may be helpful if I run into any vampires on Halloween. The shrimp was clean, grilled and seasoned well, and I loved the contrast texture of crisp shrimp and soft rice vermicelli. The vegetables were quite fresh as well. Overall it was full of strong yet tasty flavors. If I had a spoon, I would have finished the sauce as well.

RB's classic banh mi (or Baogette) with egg ($7, pate, terrine, pork, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno) was a combination of various different flavors and textures forming together to make a nice sandwich. He usually orders without egg at 26th street location, but he enjoyed the one with egg a little more.

The portions are very large, and it is well worth the money. I personally enjoy more subtle flavor in food, but once in a while, I do enjoy Baoguette's bold flavors.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love Baoguette on St. Marks! I go there bi-weekly during lunch. I don't mind the shlep. Their bbq chicken sandwich is the best. I was disappointed in a beef pho dish I tried their since they ran out of chicken (at 1pm in the afternoon mind you!)
Still a bahn mi fave, though I always call ahead to make sure they have chicken now.