149 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
My husband and I and 2 other family members visited Le Colonial the night of June 22, 2013. Our reservations were for 7.15. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly hostess. We mentioned that we wanted to have drinks first at the upstairs lounge. The Maître D whose name was Anousheh escorted us upstairs to our table. The lounge, from what I could see, was really lovely but I have to say it was rather dark in there, a little bit too dark, I thought. I do understand that they do this for atmosphere but I felt that it should have been a bit brighter as we couldn’t even see the drink menu too well. There are low tables with chairs covered in plush velvets, wooden chests and palm trees placed in perfect locations to tie in with the décor of the room. The bartender who was serving that night was George and he made excellent drinks. I also want to mention that they have a very extensive wine list. After about a half hour or so we decided to go down to have dinner. If you are not finished with your drink, they will take it on a little tray and bring it down for you which I thought was a lovely touch.
The Lounge Area
In these pictures the space is much lighter than it actually was.
While dining at Le Colonial I felt like I was transported back in time to the exotic locale of Old Saigon during the 1920s, a time when the French were occupying the country and the rest of Southeast Asia. The décor is clearly a fusion of French and Southeast Asian. Their attention to detail is fabulous. Photographs of Saigon from that area grace the walls. From the colors, the fabrics, the rattan chairs, the shutters, to the ceiling fans and the placement of the palm and banana trees, all superb!
Downstairs Dining Room
Not only does Le Colonial have beautiful surroundings, but their food is wonderful as well and here are the dishes that we all had. Their menu is quite extensive and there is something for everyone.
Wok seared monkﬁsh with turmeric, basil, roasted peanuts, chili and sesame rice crackers
Crispy rolls ﬁlled with pork, shrimp, crab, glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms, and bean sprouts served with lettuce greens, fresh herbs and nuoc cham sauce
(Vegetarian option available)
BUN SO DIEP
(this is what I had)
Grilled lemongrass scallops and shrimp Served with vermicelli vegetable salad, lettuce greens, fresh herbs, toasted peanuts and ginger dressing.
The flavor combinations and textures were incredible. I really loved this!
CA HOI “LA VONG”
Pan roasted Scottish salmon with dill, scallions and turmeric served with vermicelli noodles, lettuce greens and spicy nuoc cham sauce.
Sesame grilled beef brochettes served with rice vermicelli noodles, lettuce greens, scallion oil, toasted sesame seeds and a spicy ginger sauce.
Couronne De Chocolate
A royal creation producing a light mousse of dark chocolate with crumb sidings, ganache, topped with a crown of white chocolate shavings.
Pear and apple tarte tatin, served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
Green Tea Crepe
Thousand-layered crepe filled with green tea mousse
The desserts were light and delicious. As you can see from the pictures, they are a work of art and definitely eye candy but a sensuous treat for the palate! We also had cappuccinos as well.
The service at Le Colonial was impeccable 5 star service! They truly catered to you, the diner, with whatever you wanted and/or needed. My husband was drinking his water and as soon as he put the glass down, the waiter was there instantaneously to refill it. I also loved being called Madame!
If you are looking for excellent food and service, I highly recommend Le Colonial. They are perfect for a date night, a romantic dinner with your significant other or even for any special occasion. Le Colonial does not disappoint!