April 19, 2010

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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rice plate, Com Suon Bo Nuong, is crushed rice with Korean barbecue.
Also in the bar area, counter height dining options.
Also in the bar area, counter height dining options.
Mai Lee has been open at this bright, new location since February 10, 2010.
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.
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.
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!
A Vietnamese meal would not be complete without the Sriracha rooster!