I recently went with a group to Au Lac in Fountain Valley. This restaurant is great, because it has a huge menu with Vietnamese style cooked foods and extravagant raw foods. It is also great for people living in Orange County, because it is centralized within the county.
I started off with the BBQ Pork Rolls with rice paper, barbecued soy pork, chive, pickled daikon and carrot, and served with a peanut sauce for dipping. This thing was stuffed with fake pork, so don’t order it if you aren’t into the fake meats. I liked that it was sliced for sharing (I was with a group, after all). I love peanut sauces, and this one did not disappoint (although I do wish they gave a bit more). As for the roll, itself, I liked it, but I actually think I would have liked a tofu-based roll instead. It was too fake-meaty for me.
For my entree, I ordered the Stir-Fried Soy Seafood Noodles with yellow noodle, soy seafood, stir-fried bok choy, snow pea, napa cabbage, and shiitake sauce. The menu declared that the noodles were crispy, but I guess I wasn’t expecting the “bird’s nest” style noodles. Luckily, after sitting in the sauce for awhile, the noodles softened up. I like that this dish is not just vegetables and not just fake meat but a hearty combination of both. I still wish it was a soft, non-fried noodle, but the flavor was still excellent.
Because I was with a large group, we ended up ordering a few desserts and sharing them. All of their desserts are raw and all are perfectly sliced for sharing. Our group went with Choconut X-tasy, Donut Holes, and Rainbow in the Sky. The Choconut x-tasy was my favorite (it’s also the one I always order when at Au Lac). It is described only as pecans and cocoa powder, but I’m sure there is more to it than that. It is served slightly cold and tastes like a kind of creamy ice cream-type dessert. The donut holes were a recommendation by a friend and contain a healthy dose of spirulina, coconut, and macadamia nuts. I personally liked them, but I can see that they might not be for everyone (maybe on the account of the spirulina taste). It’s a doughy ball with a gooey chocolate filling and coated in a very fine coconut sugar. The advice given to me before eating this was to not inhale when putting this ball into your mouth – as the fine coconut sugar will get stuck in your lungs. Lastly, the Rainbow in the Sky might have been my least favorite, but still very good. It contains blueberries, spirulina, jackfruit, raspberries, dates, and pecans. I’m less of a fruity dessert type of person, which is why I liked it least.
Au Lac is in a small complex with a hodge-podge of businesses. It looks very generic from the outside, but inside they have renovated it to be very sleek. They have gone with a black and red theme with modern porcelain tableware and low lighting. Once inside, it’s a very sexy place to take your date. Some of my group are mostly raw in their personal diets and they raved about the raw menu here. Au Lac also has a large elixir menu to help fix any of your aliments. The parking is very easy and the location is close to the 405 freeway. A definite must for anyone in the Orange County area.
16563 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Lunch 11:33 am – 3:33 pm
Dinner 5:33 pm – 9:33 pm