Ethnic cuisine is probably not a politically correct descriptor, but the food and environment isn't quite Western.
Location/Getting There: Turn into a side street from a busy one, pass several apartment blocks, hundreds of parked motorbikes and a cinema to the end of a cul-de-sac and arrive at a large courtyard with simulated green wicker chairs and tables under the cover of umbrellas and trees ornamented with fairy lights.
Atmosphere/Decor: Patrons not interested in eating outdoors in the courtyard can sit in the verandah underneath the European style building overlooking the courtyard or sit in an air-conditioned indoor dining room looking into the street (with parked motorbikes).
Service: Since my partner and I were the only patrons at the restaurant, we basically had each a private waiter for either of us (early in the evening on a Monday). The waiters were not overly attentive/hovering but were prompt when waved to come over to our table. We tried to ask for green rice (the restaurant's namesake) and were served white rice instead. I still haven't figured out if this was due to the staff's limited English or they really. didn't have green rice. Table service included one spoon and a pair of chopsticks. Since there were no napkins (paper or linen), we were offered two limp, thin, damp towelettes (and later to find from the bill that each towelette cost 2,000VND ~ 0.10 USD)
Food, Cost and Quality: I ordered an avocado milk shake, which was absolutely scrumptious (90,000VND ~ 4.5USD). For entree, I ordered baked H'mong chicken. It arrived (at the same time as my partner's food) in very large crock pot (very impressive). However, as I picked through the contents of the crock pot, I realize that the contents were half herbs while the other half black chicken skin, bones and very little meat (295,000VND ~ 14.5USD). The little meat that I was able to consume was not overly pungent but extremely fragrant. It reminded me of medicine from a Chinese apothecary.
Conclusion: I probably won't go back to the restaurant or recommend my friends to go there for a meal (I might consider going back for the avocado shake). The atmosphere is very chic, but I felt I didn't get much bang for my dong!
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