Bricolage, the modern Vietnamese restaurant from two Slanted Door alums Lien and Edward Lin, is getting ready to open early next month, notes the Park Slope Stoop. The duo is teaming up with Brooklynites Miro Gal and Jed Freedlander on the project, which sounds like it will embody the restaurant's name (it means something cobbled together from whatever's available). "Initially we just wanted to do a simple beer and banh mi place," says Freedlander, but then he and Gal connected with the Lins via a Craigslist ad. "We averaged out...We had more humble aspirations, and they had much grander ones — we're kind of in the middle, but maybe creeping more toward Ed's vision," adds Freelander.
During the day, the restaurant will serve a simple lunch with a good number of sandwiches and takeaway options, but dinner service will be a more serious seasonally-focused menu. Lien plans to make head cheese and pate in house, and serve her own take on pho. "I'm also doing a five-spice fried chicken sandwich with sriracha mayo and a fennel and red cabbage slaw." That chicken may also appear on the restaurant's brunch menu with waffles, and turmeric beer-battered fish.
The space, which used to be home to Park Slope regular Mary's Fish Camp, was redone with the help of Gal, who has an art construction background. Expect some installations like vintage tvs in the bathrooms and some interesting light fixtures throughout. There's also an open kitchen and a big table, perhaps for dinner parties. The team plans to open first for lunch, while they finish finalizing their liquor license. Stay tuned for an opening date.