The makers of the best bánh mì in the city now have more space to ply their trade. Chef Tebi Nguyen has been making the Vietnamese sandwiches out of his East Austin trailer Saigon Le Vendeur for several years and now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant space at 9070 Research Blvd. (at the southwest corner of Burnet Road).
The restaurant is called Le Bleu and it serves an extended menu of bánh mì, including cured ribeye, lamb belly and garlic shrimp, in addition to those served at the trailer. The counter-service Vietnamese restaurant also served a variety of vermicelli noodle bowls with proteins and starters like chicken wings and mango and papaya salad.
Le Bleu is celebrating its grand opening Monday with complimentary beer and one appetizer per guest.
Le Bleu is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saigon Le Vendeur will continue normal operating hours.