East Borough Adds "Fraiche Vietnamese" to Culver CityBy Lesley Balla
January 23, 2014
As far as food mash-ups go, we can really get behind 'phocatini', a pasta dish with oxtail, hoisin and sambal that pays homage to the flavors of pho. Or banh mi with flame-grilled lemongrass pork and house-made pickles. Those are just a couple specialties you'll find at East Borough, a chic and colorful new Vietnamese-inspired spot that debuts for lunch (only) today in Culver City.
This is the collab from Paul Hibler, owner and creator of Pitfire Artisan Pizza and Superba Snack Bar, chef Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar) and Chloe Tran and John Cao, who opened the first East Borough in Costa Mesa. Tran and Neroni joined forces on the menu, which combines a Franco-Vietnamese backbone with California sensibilities. Dishes like bo kho, beef stew soup, bao buns stuffed with nuoc cham-glazed pork belly and pickled mustard greens and pork shank with crab paste and lettuce cups will go well with Belgian beers, a glass of crisp white wine or a cocktail. The space is filled with beautiful tiled floors, formica tables, a small bar and sidewalk seating. The color palette includes lots of bright yellow (right down to the gate along the patio) along with accents of fuchsia and blue. A giant photo on the wall harkens to the streets of Saigon filled with hustling scooter traffic. The streets of Culver City might not be as dynamic but it fits. East Borough opens for lunch daily from 11 AM-3 PM. Dinner will start within a week.
9810 Washington Blvd.; 310-596-8266