Bac, located in the newly bustling Tremont area, is a fusion of owner Bac Nguyen’s Southeast Asian culture with his American upbringing. Growing up in the restaurant business, Bac’s passion for food led him to open Bac in February of 2010.
Service & Atmosphere
With bright green walls, modern black tables, and large mirrors acting as pieces of art, Bac’s interior is trendy, but still maintains a casual and comfortable feel. The service at Bac during our visit was excellent. The hostess immediately sat us at a table, our server was attentive and friendly, and the owner, Bac, even stopped by our table to ask how the food was.
Bac has a good selection of domestic and craft beers, including Left Hand Milk Stout, Stone IPA, Edmund Fitzgerald, and Dogfish Head 90 Minute. All craft beers are between $5 and $6, and you can snag a domestic tall boy for just $3. Bac also carries a nice variety of wines, sake, and a few Asian beers.
If you’re looking for a deal on some tasty cocktails, you’ll surely want to hit up Bac’s happy hour weekdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. when they offer $5 cocktails and $5 small plates.
We started out with an order of summer rolls ($6), soft rice paper stuffed with shrimp, lettuce, cucumber, basil, cilantro, and noodle. As an appetizer, the two rolls were large enough for sharing across our table, and they were noticeably fresh and tasty. They were served with a side of tangy peanut sauce, which was every bit as delicious as the rolls themselves.
For dinner, I opted for the classic stir-fry ($13), a variety of broccoli, red pepper, squash, carrot, onion, and tofu (chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp options are also available) tossed in a garlic ginger sauce and served with a big bowl of steamed white rice. The tofu was fried, giving it a nice texture, the veggies were all perfectly cooked, and the garlic ginger sauce was a well-balanced completion to the dish. Overall, I was impressed—it’s hard to make a stir-fry with tofu taste like it’s worth the $13 price tag, but this one was tasty enough to justify every penny.
Another menu option sampled was the wok-seared steak tips ($15), top sirloin served with lemongrass, onion, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber with a side of sweet garlic vinaigrette and steamed white rice. The steak was tender, juicy, and cooked to a perfect medium well.
If you find yourself in the Tremont area craving something just a little out of the ordinary, then you’ll definitely want to stop by Bac and give it a try. With the generous portions and tasty Asian-fusion cuisine, you aren’t likely to be disappointed.
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