Friday, April 18, 2014

For those in the know, many people come to Brodard for the nem nướng.  It's a very popular Vietnamese restaurant with two locations in Garden Grove.  I have only been to the restaurant that is tucked away in the same plaza behind the 99 cent store.  If you have never been here, go behind the shopping center and you will see a small sign that will lead you the right place.
I have been to Brodard quite a few times and I have to honestly say that I have never really liked their Vietnamese dishes.  There is a plethora of Vietnamese restaurants in this area and I can easily find better places to eat.  The only things that I love at Brodard are the nem nướng, durian macaron, and durian smoothie! Oh man! I cannot get enough of the stinky goodness that is durian.  Yes, I went there.
The durian macarons definitely have the distinct smell and taste of durians.  I don't honestly like the smell of durian but the taste is exotic and flavorful, albeit an acquired taste.  Their macarons are light and chewy.  If you love durian and macarons, it is definitely worth it to come here for a quick grab to satisfy your craving.
Don't forget the full flavored fresh durian smoothie they have.  Be sure that you are with people who love durians when you eat all this because if they don't.... they just might turn around and run away lol.
Brodard does have one of the best nem nướng in town.  I love the crispy bits inside the Vietnamese spring roll.  You can choose to have the grilled pork patty or shrimp paste patty.  I never remember if I like both and order the combo platter.  Their nem nướng is a bit pricier than most outside but the flavor and texture is very good.  They also have a nice hot fish and egg sauce for you to dip in.
Honestly, the pork nem nướng is better but if you haven't had the seafood paste ones then you should try them both out to compare.  After you have some, you can always order more and take some home for later! Although I wouldn't recommend buying too much because you want it fresh when it is still crispy inside to give the spring roll that extra bite!

9892 Westminster Ave 
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 530-1744
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