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Embrace 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia at Le Colonial

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Le Colonial has been winning over people’s hearts since its opening in River Oaks District in 2016. The two-story space is impeccably designed with large palms, grand ceilings, chic wicker chairs, silk Parisian shades and much more that all make you feel as though you’ve stepped into another era.

Photo Courtesy of Eric Laignel

Either before or after your meal downstairs, we suggest heading up the staircase. The second level has four distinct areas: a clubby bar and lounge; an enclosed, north-facing terrace dining room; south and west-facing, open-air veranda with soft seating vignettes; and the Lotus Room, which provides private dining for up to 14. On top of all of that, you may even encounter a Live DJ! In contrast to the lively second floor, downstairs is intimate and romantic.  The 95-seat dining room is multi-textured with period piece photography, brass wall sconces, and wicker dining room chairs.

Photo Courtesy of Duc Hoang

The dining room smoothly transitions into a classic French sidewalk cafe, with authentic Gatti Paris chairs and tables in bent bamboo and natural straw. It is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, drinks and even dinner on a cool evening. The drink menu has a section full of  Vietnamese inspired cocktails. Highlights include the Trai Vai a lychee martini (Absolut Elyx, Lychee Liqueur, Fresh Lime) and the Dau Cay (Tito’s, Muddled Strawberries, Thai Basil & Thai Chili).

Photo Courtesy of Eric Laignel

The menu is made up of a unique mix of French and Vietnamese dishes that will keep you coming back for more. A few of our favorites include the Ca Song  (spicy yellowfin tuna tartar with Hass Avocado, Sweet Chili, Cucumber, Red Shiso, Soy Caviar, Taro Chips) – the Boc Luc Lac (shaking beef, Valverdi Farm Greens, Caramelized Filet Mignon, Sweet Onions, Watercress, Lime Pepper Vinaigrette) and the Sup Do Bien (Seafood Bouillabaisse with PEI Mussels, Sea Scallops, Jumbo Shrimp, Scottish Salmon, Egg Noodles, Galangal, Spicy Lemongrass Lobster Broth). Each dish is full of flavor, the right amount of spice and easy to share with your table.

Le Colonial is open for lunch daily from 11 am – 4 pm and dinner Sunday through Wednesday 4 pm – 10 pm and Thursday – Saturday 4 pm – 11 pm.

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