Her Father’s Legacy
Sidney Le is a passionate, hard-working young woman with a purpose. Five months ago, she and her boyfriend, Andy Dao, opened Bamboo Basil, a Vietnamese restaurant featuring modern takes on authentic dishes passed down from her mother and father. Sidney appears to have been in the restaurant business forever; she moves easily about, from the kitchen to the tables, chatting up clients, pouring drinks. So I was surprised to hear her story.
Two years ago, her father (a chef for over 20 years) passed away unexpectedly. She recalls his dream to open a restaurant of his own one day. At the time, Sidney and her brother were living outside California. With the passing of their father, Sidney notes, “My brother stepped up and saved the family.” Her brother and the family worked together to open a Vietnamese pho restaurant in honor of their father and aptly named it Pho Le (her father’s last name). Now, almost two years later, Pho Le is a well-known institution in Elk Grove, with lines out the door for their famous bun rieu and bon bo hue.
Charbroiled pork and rice
Today, Sidney is continuing her father’s legacy with Bamboo Basil. The menu at Bamboo Basil reflects Sidney’s journey. The authentic northern Vietnamese dishes, like pho and lemongrass chicken, pay homage to her father’s hometown; the special red garlic sauce brings in Andy’s family’s influences; and the modern take on buttered beef spring rolls, served family-style on a tabletop grill, showcases Sidney’s sense of fun and creativity.
Only five months old, Bamboo Basil is already steeped in tradition with the outlook of a bright future.
Location: 1301 W Lockeford Street, Suite D in Lodi, CA
Phone: (209) 625-8566
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 8 pm
Dishes Pictured: Buttered beef and shrimp spring rolls (Grill it Yourself Platter); Charbroiled pork and rice; Chicken salad; and Bamboo Basil’s special sauces.
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