Bac to the Drawingboard

Made my first visit to Bac, the new self-described Asian American bistro in Tremont. It was a very unsatisfying experience.  The mostly Vietnamese menu was disappointing both in the selection and execution of the four dishes tried. Far better examples of this cusine can be found elsewhere around town for less money.

The traditional coconut milk crepe was bland. A green papaya salad had fresh flavor and an appealing crunch, but was soupy with dressing. It was served on a plate and every time I tried to fork up a bite, a little flood washed over the edge and onto the table. My banh mi sandwich was the worst offender. There was more bread than anything else: the roast pork was in short supply, the slice of ham no different that what I’d get at the grocery store, and no sign of the sauasage and pate the menu promised. My companion’s cold noodle salad was tasteless, even with the entire container of sauce  that came with it poured on and contained few vegetables. He ordered it with tofu and the fried cubes were tough and rubbery.   

I know a lot of time, care and effort went into putting this place together and designing the menu. But it  didn’t show in what came out of the kitchen last week. The food still needs some serious attention.  And I’m surprised that what was supposed to be a major remodel appears to be primarily a paint job- the space seems little changed from what was there before when it was La Tortilla Feliz.

Anyone been there? Had a positive experience? Hearing from you night give me  a reason to give this place another try. Without that, I doubt I’ll go back to Bac.

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3 responses to “Bac to the Drawingboard

  1. Lauren D

    “primarily a paint job”

    Are you serious?
    Am I to assume your palate is more refined, keen
    and sophisticated than your memory or eye for design?

  2. I got a comment detailing some of what’s new and different at Bac. Not sure if it’s from the same person who posted previously. I’ve decided not to put the reply up in full because it doesn’t meet the standards I’ve set for civility on this blog. Conversation, diverse opinions and constructive criticism are always allowed. Nasty personal remarks are not. But I do want to share what this person had to say about the renovations.
    “The bar has been completely overhauled with granite and plasma tvs, the furniture is completely different, the bathrooms were all re-fitted and the big wall in the dining room in the elevated section was knocked out. Also, the entire patio was re-paved and all the plant life removed.”

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