My Vietnamese colleagues are very obliging. When they know I am going to be in town, they will try to find a new restaurant for us to try. Sometimes I will also suggest something I came across on the internet eg. TA. (Needless to say there have been hits and misses.) So when I proposed Luc Bat, they collectively released an "incredulous gasp" - this place had never appeared on their radar. Unfazed, we went for mid-week dinner. It was empty - not a good sign.
Located on an incredibly narrow street which is barely wide enough for a car to pass through, we decided to sit upstairs. When the staff has to turn on the lights and fan as you go up, its yet another not-so-promising sign. I left it to the 'locals' to order what they deemed to be the house specials. Luc Bat is supposed to feature "mountain" ie. minority cuisine. We ordered five dishes to share - beef hotpot (good broth, tough meat), sweet sour frog (nice sauce, bony amphibians), pickled morning glory (interesting preparation), sausages (acquired taste, gamey), beef la lot (well-grilled, fibrous). None really stood out. Somehow the dishes just lacked enthusiasm. The service did not make much of an impression either - they did their job and that was it. Perhaps this was meant to be a drinking place cos the local wine was actually quite good and the food was merely an after-thought. As convivial as the environment was for a get-together among friends, I will probably not recommend you eat here unless you are too inebriated to go elsewhere.
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