Large and airy, Bui looks and feels like an upscale French bistro, rife with an Asian pantry serving Vietnamese cuisine-and so the fun begins! Clean-lined but not stark, the space contrasts olive-green walls with bright red booths and tall paper lanterns. Solo diners hit the bar for a chardonnay and plate of fried rice with well-seasoned tofu. Dishes like earthy banana flower with strips of tender chicken and cubes of juicy Bosc pear aren't Hanoi-authentic, but are tasty all the same. Purists might prefer the mild yet fragrant chicken curry, studded with lemongrass and ginger. Delicious sautéed pea sprouts with olive oil and garlic are a favorite among vegetarians. For dessert, a Kaffir lime crème brulée underscores the fusion of the menu.
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