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Lost and Found: Indochine

I found myself wandering around the south 'burbs last week, lost and chasing down a vague tip about some Vietnamese place in Parker that does killer pho and bahn xiao (kinda like a Vietnamese pizza -- a rice-flour crepe covered in black bean sauce, sprouts, a little pork, maybe some grilled shrimp and very tough to find in this town). I was never able to find that mystery restaurant, but I did notice that 10920 South Parker Road was no longer home to Indochine, a restaurant I really enjoyed when I reviewed it exactly three years ago.

I was pissed.

I'd loved Indochine, the first restaurant of Yume Tran and Jeff Nghiem, who would go on to open Sapa in the Centennial space that had once held T-Wa Terrace. I’d thought Sapa -- with its upscale dining room and broad-spectrum menu, live music and aspirations towards Inland Empire Asian yuppie chic -- was a great concept, but didn't' think the neighborhood was capable of supporting it. So I was sad when Sapa closed, but not surprised. (That space is now home to Asiana Bistro.)

But Indochine? That was different. A small place with a manageable dining room and abbreviated Viet/Thai menu, overseen closely by Tran and Nghiem -- I thought for sure that it would survive.

Good thing I kept driving, because I discovered that Indochine not only survived, but is thriving -- just in a different location. Originally tucked into a strip mall, it's now in a better space at 19751 East Main Street in Parker.

And not only do Tran and Nghiem have a new home for their restaurant, but Tran reports she's also come up with a cooking show and cookbook, both called Asian Cooking Made Simple. Want to know what to do when you forget to put the egg in your pad thai when the cameras are rolling? Ask Tran. -- Jason Sheehan

Indochine has left South Parker Road – but fortunately, it’s reopened at 19751 East Main Street in Parker. And not only did Yume Tran and Jeff Nghiem find a new home for this restaurant (sadly, their Sapa will not be coming back to Centennial), but Tran also found time to do her own cooking show and cookbook, both called Asian Cooking Made Simple. For more on those projects, see Café Society, our food blog.

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