I am suspicious of any restaurant which lists 469 Vietnamese and Chinese menu items, with 369 of them marked as “chef’s recommendation” (why would anyone take a chance on the remaining hundred?) I worry that either the ingredients are likely to be frozen, fresh but out-of-date, or some of both. It’s also strange that no matter which of these dishes you order, it appears on the table in little more time than it takes your waiter to run to the kitchen, grab the plate and run back. But everything our party ordered at Bistro B was pretty darn tasty. (My vote goes to the quail. It’s on the appetizer menu, but at three for $8.99, it works for me as an entrée.)
The restaurant is located on the southwest corner of Walnut and Audelia. Prices are extremely reasonable, and most of the dishes are large enough to share family style. Our party left quite well fed for less than $12 a person. It’s BYOB, which is also a big help when trying to dine on a budget.
The clientele is predominately Asian, but it’s a real melting pot, with black, white, and Hispanic diners all appreciating the combination of quality and value.
The place is shiny and clean-looking. The only thing that marred this impression for us was a lone cockroach dodging waiters’ feet as it struggled to cross the room. Our waiter laughed that they need a frog to eat the occasional bug.
I prefer sitting as far as possible from the glare of the store-front windows. Further back, the atmosphere is a bit more subdued, and you could just as easily be in Europe or Asia as in Dallas.
My preferred Asian dining experience in the Metroplex is still Empress of China, on Belt Line Road in Irving – but if you find yourself on the Dallas-Richardson line, Bistro B is definitely worth a visit.