GAO BISTRO serves authentic Central Vietnamese cuisine with a heartfelt customer care mind set.
By Anna Kim
Central Vietnam boasts one of the country’s most complex and flavorful cuisine. The food is spicier with less Chinese influence than the cuisines from the North, while still retaining some of the French flavors and techniques that are popular in the south of the country.
Even though Central Vietnam is thousands of miles away, here comes GAO BISTRO to impart all the enchanting flavors that Central Vietnamese cuisine gives off.
GAO(rice in English) Bistro, a brand new authentic Vietnamese restaurant that opened on New Year’s Day, 2017, is anchored in Assi shopping center in Duluth. Entering the establishment of 2,000 square feet, you will be blown away with its Vietnamese-style, but sophisticatedly modern decorations, relaxing ambience, and soothing music. Friendly and attentive servers quickly greet you, and give you recommendations about a few home-made and super refreshing drinks such as Thai tea, or fresh sugarcane drinks to start off with.
Many customers who come here have a soft spot for Mi Quang Ga, Mi Quang Tom Thit, Bun Bo Da Nang, Bun Cha Ca Mien Trung, Bun Mam Nem Thit Heo Quay, and Banh Beo Chen. Not to mention Banh Mi(Vietnamese Baguette Sandwich) and Pho(Vietnamese Noodle Soup) cannot be counted out in terms of popularity. Take Mi Quang Ga for example, not only it is pretty to look at, it also has a great amount of meat and fresh noodles, while the Banh Mi’s meat is tender and the bread is perfectly toasted with home-made butter and mayo. Perfectly paired with dipping sauce, Banh Beo Chen is a mini steamed rice cake with shrimp, toasted bread, and fried onions on it. Mi Quang has a mixture of white and turmeric noodles with light broth, fried rice cake, and veggies with banana leaves. They are really sticking to their roots!
GAO BISTRO wishes to bring people together by serving authentic and healthy Central Vietnamese cuisine.
"This is a 'mom and pops' restaurant, which means it is family owned, operated and everything is made in house. We do not use MSG in our cooking, and we focus on making Vietnamese food as healthy as possible with satisfying taste,” says Luke Huynh, owner of GAO BISTRO. “The reason we want to open this restaurant is because there is a lack of Central Vietnamese restaurants in Atlanta, and we were frustrated at going out to eat. A lot of restaurants use too much MSG, oil, preservatives and food coloring in in their dishes. We wanted to open a restaurant that would provide food that you would actually feed your kids.”
Plenty of gourmets that gorged themselves on the incredible dishes at GAO get a kick off with the fact that the restaurant puts a lot of work into their food and customer service. Customers cannot help but give two thumbs up reviews on Yelp.com.
“I am very picky when it comes to Vietnamese food because I love home cooked Vietnamese food from my mother, and when I say this I mean it, GAO comes closest to it! The food was swell and I wanted to keep ordering food,” said Shirley H. NC.
Another customer cites flavor and price as the main reason of GAO’s popularity “To kill two birds with one stone.”
“The food was so good and reasonably priced. We ordered a few more things to eat on our way home. We will be visiting again and add GAO to one of our places to stop,” said Paul K. NC. “It’s hard to find a place that makes Vietnamese cuisine the right way in Duluth. But GAO BISTRO has got it down right.”
GAO BISTRO responds with heartfelt kindness, smile, and rapidity toward its customers.
“It has been 10 weeks since we opened the restaurant. We appreciate all the immense support that we have received! Your satisfaction is our number one concern and we value our customers’ opinions,” said Ashli Huynh, manager of GAO BISTRO. “This is the place for you to fall in love with authentic Central Vietnamese food!”
Address: 1630 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 190, Duluth, GA 30096
Ashli Huynh, manager of GAO BISTRO, describes the strong points of GAO BISTRO.
Mi Quang Tom Thit.
GAO BISTRO is anchored in Assi shopping center in Duluth.