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“Flavors of Asia - A rarity in Santiago”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Vietnam Discovery

Vietnam Discovery
Ranked #93 of 4,526 Restaurants in Santiago
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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87 reviews
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“Flavors of Asia - A rarity in Santiago”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a restaurant with classic Vietnamese dishes that you cannot find anywhere else in Santiago. We had shrimp balls, and some rolls filled with chicken, pork and shrimp. The pork ones where the most tasty. We then had cold noodles with sour / fish sauce wish were good and also a rice with duck. The rice was a bit overdone with fish sauce or oyster sauce and was really nothing special. My conclusion is that if you want to get exotic Asian food in Santiago this is the place to go but do not expect the best if you know about Asian food in general and Vietnamese food in particular. The atmosphere is very worth going as well as its location in Bellavista.

  • Visited January 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Awesome Time”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We wen't there to dinner with friends and had a great surprise, when you arrive, you look it from outside and it seems an old small patisserie, but once you cross the door and take the hall way to your left, gosh, you end in a amazing patio, very well decorated with a Vietnamese / Thai kind look, nice and awesome atmosphere and great staff.
The menu has so many option from entrees to desserts and they taste delicious. Also the drinks are great and so are the natural fruit juices.
If you drive there's a parking space just in front of the restaurant during the night. Make sure you order the Wan Ton Tom entrees and the cosmopolitan martini, and the Mango/Maracuya juice, just great!

  • Visited December 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice food, nice restaurant”
Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

This place allows to disconect from de world for a while, with it's relaxed and beautiful atmosphere.
The food is very good, delicate and gourmet asian flavors.

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Santiago, Chile
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

This used to be a small, local restaurant known to only a few. Then it got popular and expanded. On my last visit, for a weekend lunch, we were seated at the bar whilst a table was supposedly prepared. We ordered drinks and appetizers, and then ordered the main courses. The main courses took two hours to arrive. In the meantime, we did get a table, but that was only because people were already starting to leave. The food was mediocre, lukewarm, and expensive. Not worth the wait, the price, or the headache.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank GurmeofChile
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Melbourne
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60 reviews
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“No Vietnamese Flavours”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This very popular trendy hip place is certainly busy and has a very upbeat atmosphere.

The decor is kinda weird being mainly Thai/Buddhist with no sign of anything traditional Vietnamese. The music playing was loud and uptempo westem rock/disco. Not exactly oriental.

The theme follows through with the food.

The first dish we ordered was Cha Goi Tom which is supposed to be prawn spring rolls but we received two skewers of two fish/prawn balls. They tasted ok and was eaten but not what was expected.

The second dish ordered, Hu Tieu Nam Vang which is supposed to be a soup that came out as a stirfry tasting heavily smoky and salty with no Asian flavours. 80% of the dish was left as almost inedible.

The third dish was Bo Bun Cha Gio. Over cooked vermicelli with tender pieces of beef and some chopped Cha Gio drowned in an extremely salty and sugary/syrupy sauce. 40% of this dish was left on the plate.

It might be the best (only) Vietnamese restaurant in Santiago but it sadly lacks.

The best thing about the night was the drink "limonade". An interesting and innovative concoction of mint flavours with ginger and fruits with crushed ice. Very refreshing.

The waiters were attentive and accommodating and apologized for the excessive delays in food delivery.

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