Two of us showed up on a Saturday night with no reservations. The hostess was friendly but runs a tight ship. We waited a pleasant 20 minutes although their popularity plainly exceeds their capacity. If its busy, be prepared to wait outside. A small note invites you to wait at the bar down the street. The diners were a rainbow of ethnicity which we took as a good sign.
Our waitress was prompt, warm and businesslike. Too busy for chit-chat but was knowledgeable enough to help two Vietnamese food novices. While we were waiting we checked out the various dishes coming out of the kitchen. Portions were generous and the presentations lovely. We had fried Calamari for an appetizer, a grilled meat platter (shrimp, beef and chicken) and a lemon grass chicken vermicelli. The various sauces were flavorful without cloying sweetness, the calamari had a crunchy breading with substantial hunks of salty, flavorful meat. The jasmine rice was perfectly cooked and fragrant and the vegetables, raw and cooked, were surprisingly fresh. Price for two with tip was $35 without wine or dessert.
Other diners raved about their pretty fruit smoothie-type drinks and their tall bubbly tapioca/fruit desserts. (not even going to try to recall the Vietnamese names)
All in all, we were VERY happy and the diners around were all in good spirits and obviously enjoying their meals. The staff managed a couple large tables of eight and the inconveniences of the tight quarters were far outweighed by the atmosphere. We will be back. Many times I suspect.
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