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“Not as good as it used to be?”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Bamboo

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Blue Bamboo
Ranked #1,868 of 3,684 Restaurants in Austin
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian
Dining options: Waitstaff
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Dining options: Waitstaff
Austin, Texas
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not as good as it used to be?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Either they've change cooks, suppliers or recipes--stuff isn't as good as it used to be. Kind of bland, rubbery and ho-hum. I agree with KrisPeanut, for the price you pay, not a nickle goes into ambience--and this place isn't cheap. The waitstaff seem like they should be working on 6th Street, not at all in line with the clientele.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Austin, Texas
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great food, Bad Ambience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

We have eaten here twice - once for lunch and once for dinner. The food is great --- good selection of Thai/Viet dishes that are good quality and very tasty. That's the upside. Downside is that the waiters are mainly young boys who have not perfected the art of serving yet. The food comes out too quickly and you end up feeling kind of rushed through the whole process. The lights are also VERY bright in the restaurant, which makes it feel kind of cafetaria-ish...no ambience at all.

I think with a few small changes -- not rushing the service and dimming the lights a bit, the restaurant could improve the overall quality of the experience.

We will probably go back, but only for lunch. We'll go somewhere more atmospheric for dinners out.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank KrisPeanut
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Austin, Texas
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I always get the Sea Food Noodle soup. Because I don't enjoy the artificial crab, the fish balls, nor the squid (too rubbery) -- I order the soup with only shrimp. It doesn't cost any more and it's delicious.

Visited October 2012
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