Sophie and Eric Banh grew up eating street food in Saigon. And thanks to these siblings' vision and talent, Seattle diners now get to experience their sophisticated, creative takes on authentic Vietnamese fare.
The duo successfully opened Monsoon in 1999. Then in 2011, they set up shop at Ba Bar, located in a stylish, industrial setting. (The restaurant's named for their dad; ba means "father" in Vietnamese.) The vibe is warm in this welcoming space, located on the cusp between Capitol Hill and the Central District. Expansive windows offer views on neighborhood passersby.
Breakfast items at Ba Bar prove warming, comforting and sensationally tasty — Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith / Kirsten Graham Public Relations
Amongst Ba Bar's paper lanterns and vintage artwork, the recently launched breakfast menu can be enjoyed daily from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dishes now take on a more traditional Vietnamese bent, rather than reflecting Western sensibilities.
For example, diners dive into show-stopper items like Banh Xeo – a crispy crepe of shrimp and pork belly rolled up with bean sprouts, fresh herbs and nuoc cham – or Sai Gon Beef Stew, a mouthwatering combination of lemongrass, star anise and anato seed oil, complemented by a crusty baguette.
A stunning congee selection proves flavorful, comforting and perfect for gray days; try the mushroom option with shiitakes, ginger, soft-boiled egg and savory Chinese donuts; the chicken; the pork belly; or, the newest addition to the menu, the scrumptious Ground Beef Congee, made with only the finest local meat.
Thanks to the use of rice ingredients, many Ba Bar items are gluten-free, and several are vegan, too.
The vibe at Ba Bar complements the amazing fare — Photo courtesy of Corinne Whiting
Start the day off right with "Morning Remedies" like a Bloody Lao or traditional mimosa, or keep it simple with a soothing Vietnamese coffee.
Other gems range from the Detox Banana Split with house-made granola, organic yogurt, goji berries, blueberries, spirulina, tumeric, honey and mint to the brioche French toast or sunny side up eggs, jazzed up with garlic, soy and a baguette side. The Pate Chaud features a house-made puff pastry with Carlton Farms pork, caramelized onions, carrots, gravy and a fried egg.
Whatever your fancy, we promise you'll walk away smiling.
Ba Bar opens daily at 7 a.m. for coffee and daily baked, fresh pastries, with the breakfast menu beginning at 8 a.m. Also a perfect option for late-night eaters, the restaurant stays opens Sunday through Thursday until 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m. Happy hour takes place daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a late-night menu pleases palates from 11 p.m. until close.
Sweet treats and a Vietnamese coffee make for the perfect grand finale at Ba Bar — Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith / Kirsten Graham Public Relations