4 Quick Notes

Saigon Bistro: Set to open at 912 Broadway, according to The District.

Red and Moe: It’s not going to be a budget destination (I get that the mussels are overnighted, but $16 for a bowl?), but quality ingredients, a focused menu and promising execution are encouraging.

Les Bourgeois: If you’ve never taken a tour of their operation you’re missing out. It’s amazing how much work goes into the process, only to have snide bastards like me rip it to shreds. Anyway, I highly recommend their St. Vincent rose, brut and premium clarets (made from Norton).

Mandarin House: Their jam-bong is not bad at all once you add about two tablespoons of sriracha and a dash of hoisin…otherwise, too plain for so noble a soup. Otherwise, the hot braised fish is one of the best Chinese dishes in town.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

3 thoughts

  1. The jjam-bbong at Mandarin House is an excellent choice, but adding sriracha or hoisin to jjam-bbong is an insult to the dish as those sauces are from a completely different culture. If you want to stay true to the original flavor but want more kick, ask them to make it spicier or add some more korean dried chili powder.

  2. Probably true that hoisin and sriracha don’t belong, but the wife and I both found it lacking on its own. I’d count the canned mushrooms a bigger insult.

    Maybe I need to give it another try.

  3. Gah — Red and Moe won’t be open Sunday, Monday, *or* Tuesday? Good grief! When will Columbia restaurant owners realize that people want their businesses to actually be open?! Just take a look at Broadway Brewery some Sunday night for the proof…

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