One of my foodie friends, who has extremely high quality standards, selected Restaurant BT for an early lunch. The restaurant's relaxing modern ambiance, extremely attentive and friendly wait staff and host, as well as delicious Vietnamese-fusion cuisine wowed us. This was the first time we NYC city-slickers visited Tampa and I must say we were blown away; so much so that we returned the next day for lunch with several other friends - one from Vietnam - who chatted with the owner in his native tongue. I have been to Vietnamese restaurants all over the country since high school with this friend, including Little Saigon in Virginia and Southern California as well as various restaurants in NYC. We always take the temperature of a Vietnamese restaurant by sampling the freshness of the summer rolls. They nailed it. The pork bún was excellent as well as the many other appetizers I sampled. The cucumber-infused water was an elegant and refreshing touch. My only disappointment on my first trip to Tampa was the lack of time to sample BT's aromatic chicken phở - a dish that is hard to come by at many Vietnamese restaurants.
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