April 19, 2010 Slideshows

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Mai Lee's Bigger Digs 

Between the closing of Mai Lee's original home at Delmar Boulevard and I-170 and the opening of its new digs in Brentwood, only a few weeks passed. Read Ian Froeb's review of Mai Lee here. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
Owner Lee Tran (front center) with her children, who are all involved in the restaurant. From left, they are, Linda Tran, Qui Tran and Sara Tran.
Bun Bo Nuong, a noodle bowl comprised of vermicelli noodles and grilled beef.
Sara Tran, daughter to Mai Lee owner, Lee Tran, designed the restaurant.
From the cold appetizer selection, Kim Chi. It is a spicy napa cabbage and radish dish.
A rice plate, Com Suon Bo Nuong, is crushed rice with Korean barbecue.
Also in the bar area, counter height dining options.
Mai Lee has been open at this bright, new location since February 10, 2010.
The front of the restaurant is floor-to-ceiling windows. This view looks out at the parking garage behind Sports Authority.
Banh Xeo, one of the hot appetizer selections at Mai Lee. Customers can order two crispy crepes with shrimp and pork, served with assorted greens and fish sauce.
A Vietnamese meal would not be complete without the Sriracha rooster!
Heo Lui is a barbecued pork shish kabob appetizer.
The bar at Mai Lee.
The Combination Seafood Special is a mixture of seafood atop charred rice and served in a clay pot.
Lee designed the logo for Mai Lee (shown here on the entry way door mat). The woman is in traditional dress and is holding a rice-picker's hat.
The Buddha that sits on the restaurant altar.
A server wears this Mai Lee shirt while taking orders.
A quiet row of seating next to the windows in the bar area.
This seafood diner is Luon Xao Xa Ot, which is eel stir-fried in hot chili and lemongrass.
From the bar comes this Mai Lee iced tea, which is Firefly sweet tea vodka, lemon lime soda and lemon juice.
A hot appetizer special: the tempura fried shrimp.
This Lychee Martini is Raspberry Stoli Vodka and Lychee juice. It is garnished with a raspberry stuffed lychee.
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Owner Lee Tran (front center) with her children, who are all involved in the restaurant. From left, they are, Linda Tran, Qui Tran and Sara Tran.
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