My wife and I don't live in the St. Louis area, but whenever we visit St. Louis it's our custom to eat at Monsoon. We fell in love with Monsoon the very first time we ate there some three years ago and have been back many times since, mostly for lunch and a couple of times for dinner. The lunch menu contains most of our favorite dishes, such as Mama Q’s Dumplings, Monsoon Shaking Beef, and Chicken Curry with Sweet Potato. The dessert menu includes favorites such as Monsoon's Fried Banana Rolls and Vietnamese Cassava Cake served with ice cream topped with warmed coconut milk. The food has consistently over the years been of a very high quality, with distinctive and subtle flavors and elegant presentation. The service has likewise consistently been excellent. Our favorite waiter seems to have memorized all our preferences and every dish we've ever ordered, bringing us a pot of hot Jasmine tea without us needing to ask for it while we deliberate our next culinary adventure. Monsoon is the standard by which we measure all other restaurants.
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