Food Porn Friday | Bleu Restaurant | Westminster

Friday, August 31, 2012


We’re FINALLY back with some Food Porn y’all!!! Whoohoooooo are you just excited as I to get your Friday started off right?? Scrumptious eats and a stupendous appetite…my recipe for the perfect loooooong holiday weekend! I’ve blogged about this local mainstay HERE before, but with new management, a new direction on their casual, comfortable French- Vietnamese cuisine, and a possible new image in the works (sshhhh don’t spill the beans!) Bleu Restaurant and nightclub is quietly creeping straight up my rotating hit list of local faves. Here’s what’s on the menu today: 

Mango Salad (above )with grilled shrimp and pork over julienned young mango with house special vinaigrette topped with fried shallots. PURE summer heaven! I’d dis the shrimp and savor this scrumptious salad sans protein. Such a refreshing first course especially when you’re about to chomp into a chunky steak. (Which I did, evidently) The crunchy green mango paired with raw cabbage sure did satisfy my ever-pervasive salad cravings and topped with fresh fried shallots, really tipped it through the roof! They’ve since taken my first fave grapefruit salad off their menu since it’s seasonal, so this was a very suitable second fave. 


Grilled Salmon Crispy Rice with lemongrass garlic sauce: Grilled salmon with side salad and crispy rice topped with scallions and fried shallots. Sake sashimi is always my fave when dining out for sushi so I rarely ever like my salmon cooked. But this tender, chunky slice of caramelized fish was such a delight for my senses; I would definitely come back for more! Perfectly pink with some slight rawness at the center is really how salmon is done right y’all. I lovelovelove crispy rice with just about anything and can really appreciate when restaurant quality creations serve it super crunchy with barely any trace of oil. A total HIT! 


Garlic rice is another option with their salmon, so when you order it this way, they serve the protein grilled in garlic butter sauce instead. I prefer the former over the latter, but they’re both just as tasty. 


Vietnamese Egg Rolls: House Special pork egg rolls served with lettuce, julienned carrots, and chili lime sauce. THE BEST EGG ROLLS in Bolsa y’all! I’m NOT an egg roll fan but it’s like they put crack in that crunchy wrapping. Almost akin to the famous egg rolls in Tran Qui Cap’s noodle and rice bowls, except slightly more savory and wayyyyy more delicious when served with crispy fresh greens. Definite MUST for an appetizer. 


Manila clams sautéed with special basil garlic sauce. A total nhau (drinking) dish. Very mild in comparison to the beachy flavors you’d find if these babies were freshly plucked from the sea. I’d say it’s missing garlic. Like loads of it to really amp this plate up. Pass. 


Sizzling White Fish: Cha Ca Thang Long. Turmeric marinated white fish grilled with baby dill and onions on a sizzling plate served with vermicelli and Asian herbs. I used to think Song Long (Westminster) had everyone beat in this category. I don’t think that anymore y’all! Sizable chunks of sizzling sole topped with loads of salted peanuts and sweet shallots for the perfect balance. Served with fresh greens and bouncy rice noodles on the side, I’d skip all that hoopla and dive straight into the fish. If you’re true Viet, you’d drench this in squid paste…I’m really only a quarter Viet, so the protein is plenty fishy to me ;D 


Asian Style Roasted Quail with a side of garlic rice. These babies have been soaked and seasoned in house special soy sauce before they reach the roast so by the time they’re delivered tableside, they’re literally gleaming in juicy goodness. I mean look at her skin! If she’s glowing on the outside, you bet your ass she’d be just as lustrous on the inside. Beauty truly comes from within y’all. 


New York Steak in Red Wine Sauce: Grilled pepper marinated New York steak in a red wine reduction sauce served with a side salad and sweet potato fries. I used to be your quintessential meat-and-potatoes kinda gal but ever since Doc scared me into laying off the reds, I’ve been missing out in the meantime. But sometimes, just sometimes, you treat yourself to a honkin’ piece of meat and you make sure each bloody cut is just as satisfying as the next. This steak DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Pre-seasoned with garlic and peppercorn, you really don’t even need the red wine reduction on the side, but it’s just too yummy to not drench the steak with! Gorgeous dish, I really was in heaven. 5 days of straight heart-pumping cardio ensued, but man oh man was it worth it! 

14160 Beach Blvd. 
Westminster, CA 92683 
(714) 903-7770 

For more information on Bleu Restaurant and Dancing, visit my previous Food Porn Friday post HERE

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11 comments

  1. Oh yum, everything looks so great! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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  2. looks great!

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  3. Looks ahmazing! Especially the mango grilled shrimp salad, yum!

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  4. ohmigosh!!! Thant's a real food porn!!:oo

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  5. seriously, I wish I lived in California again just so I can venture to all the wonderful restaurants you feature!! I miss the fresh ingredients and the wonderful culture mixes of food.
    It's hard to find such wonderful restaurants here is Chicago, there are some but they are hard to find the special ones like you post!!
    xx
    callie

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  6. Yum Yum!!!
    I want those manilla clams!!!

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  7. Oh my, it looks so delicious! :)

    - Victoria
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  8. I LOVE when you do Food Porn posts!!! This one caught me right before dinner eek! Now I'm starving! :)

    Rachel

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  9. Those pics made me so hungry! Great post! x

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