Having spent a couple dozen years living in and around San Francisco, I had the chance to dine in some of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the country. In South Florida, restaurants serving the gloriously diverse and flavorful cuisine of Vietnam are few and far between, so it’s very good news that Basilic Vietnamese Grill (200 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton) has opened just off Palmetto Park Road.

This new sibling of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea parent takes over the location once occupied by Kin Noodle Bar, and before that Boca Burger Bar. The modest venue has gotten a sleek, modern makeover, with an upscale look that features bright white walls, chic drum chandeliers, sexy contemporary furnishings, a small aquarium and brick accent wall.

The menu includes such Vietnamese staples as cha gio (imperial rolls), lacy crepe studded with shrimp and pork, several varieties of the classic soup pho, plus assorted curries, stir-fries and noodle dishes. I’m getting hungry already.