Jan 02

Brodard Restaurant – Garden Grove, CA

9892 Westminster Blvd R

Garden Grove, CA 92844

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Located in the heart of Little Saigon in Garden Grove, Brodard Restaurant serves up popular Vietnamese dishes inside a small shopping plaza. As one of the most well-known Vietnamese restaurants in all of Orange County, we felt we had to give Brodard a try. After reaching the restaurant, we realized you could park in front and behind the building to reach the restaurant. When we entered the restaurant, we signed in on a sheet of paper and waited a couple of minutes to be called to an available table in the busy restaurant. We were seated at the far end of the restaurant and provided with menus. After reviewing the large menu, we were ready to order.

After realizing that Brodard did not serve any pho, we decided to order the pork spring rolls, luna rice cakes, wonton and BBQ pork soup noodles, and dry noodles with BBQ pork. Brodard is known most for their spring rolls, and they did not disappoint. There is a delicious savory flavor that is complimented by the special sauce, but it is odd that they do not add any rice noodles inside. The luna rice cakes are another one of Brodard’s popular items, but they were not one of my favorites because you can really taste the mung beans. Dipping the rice cakes in the sauce does add some savory flavor though. The wonton and BBQ pork soup noodles tasted good, but it just tasted like the Chinese variant. The pork in the dry noodle dishes was delicious and you can really taste the marinade penetrated in the meat. A common theme in all of the dishes was the excessive use of black pepper. You can really taste it in the spring rolls and wontons, but it is evident everywhere, which was a bit odd.

Overall, Brodard does serve up some tasty spring rolls, but if you want to eat pho, you would need to look elsewhere. The other highlight of the meal was the marinated pork in the dry noodle dish. Unfortunately, there was an excessive use of black pepper in the dishes. Prices are affordable, and service is mediocre as expected. However, it feels weird to ask for the check, be given the check, have the server wait over you as you locate your credit card, have the server bring the card and receipt back, and have the server wait while you add the tip and take the folio away. Other than that odd situation, the food tasted good for the most part, and the restaurant lives up to its hype for the spring rolls. Give them a try if you like their way of doing business.

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