The New York-based classic French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial is opening a location at Shops Buckhead at the corner of Bolling Way and Buckhead Avenue next spring. Rick Wahlstedt of neighboring Le Bilboquet and Umi Sushi and Himitsu owner Farshid Arshid are partnering to bring the restaurant to the uber high-end shopping complex.
The restaurant will channel the “tropical beauty and French colonial” design of 1920s Saigon to bring diners dishes mixed with southeast Asian influences and French haute cuisine. Le Colonial has longtime locations in Chicago, San Fransisco, and New York City and seems to have avoided controversy over the years associated with restaurants basing their theme around colonialism.
Le Colonial’s menu is under the direction of renowned chef and Vietnamese cookbook author Nicole Routhier and executive chef Hassan Obaye. It should feature classic Le Colonial dishes like bo luc lac or shaking beef, ca chien Saigon consisting of crispy red snapper glazed with nuoc cham and sriracha, and ca song made with yellow fin tuna tartare, avocado, sweet chilis, and cucumbers.
Atlanta’s menu may be similar to that of the Houston location, which opened in the River Oaks district in 2016.