We've been smitten with this semi-hidden bistro ever since we first stepped inside and caught the scent of Indochine Lamb wafting through the restaurant. And the warm welcome by husband and wife co-owners Nadj and Nicole didn't hurt either.Maybe it's the curious commingling of French and Vietnamese flavors. Perhaps it's Nadj's inventive (and, er, strong) cocktails. It could be the antique Parisian absinthe fountain at the bar. Either way, there are a lot of reasons we've been smitten with this semi-hidden little bistro ever since we first stepped inside, caught the scent of Indochine Lamb wafting through the air, and were welcomed by husband and wife co-owners Nadj and Nicole. Many, many trips up GA-400 later, we can say it with utter confidence: as far as Atlanta is concerned, there's no place like Com.
Not to be confused with other Vietnamese restaurants by the same name, the one-and-only Com Dunwoody is doing something truly unique in their dining room and their kitchen. "French-Vietnamese" is, to be sure, an unexpected combination (albeit a historically accurate one). But as it turns out, antique Parisian knick-knacks and absinthe pair quite nicely with Chef Huong Luong Du's green papaya salad, pho and DIY roll-your-own banh hoi. (Oh, and the Com Sampler: a delicious smorgasbord of crab rangood, Saigon wonton, chicken and shrimp satay, shortrib and eggrolls.) Not to mention Nadj's cocktails—the creative Frenchman incorporates ingredients like ginger liqueur, Rolo-infused vodka (yes, like the candy) and wormwood absinthe to create drinks that you most definitely won't find at your standard Vietnamese restaurant (or perhaps anywhere else in the area). His latest creations? Sweet tea mojitos and Ruby Red martinis, to name a few. Indeed, if we could pick this cool little spot up and put it right in our backyard, antiqued absinthe fountain and all, we'd do it in two shakes of an Indochine lamb's tail. Fortunately, there's no need to click your heels and repeat "there's no place like Com" to be transported to French-Indochina, because the promise of a sweet tea mojito and a hot bowl of pho is just a short trip up 400 (and 50 cents) away.
Co'm Sampler, $18
Goi Salad (Papaya Salad), $7
Vietnamese Shaking Beef, $19.25
Banh Hoi, $13.75-15.75
Five Spices Lamb, $19
Indochine Lamb Bourguignon, $18
Mon. - Fri., 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.