My daughter and I were craving some good Vietnamese so we decided to head on over and see what's up (we'd heard lots of good reviews). I know it looks a little seedy on the outside, but the interior is bright and cool and clean, so walk on in! The server was very helpful and kind, and even gave me a cutting of the excellent Thai Basil to grow at home! I started with the Goi Du Du (Shrimp and Papaya salad): the taste was fresh, but lacked a little something, perhaps more herbs--also, keep in mind that Vietnamese cooking uses green papaya, not the rich orange ripe papaya, so your salad will be a little pale. My daughter ordered the Com Bi Cha Thit Nuong( Grilled Pork with Pork Skin and Egg Loaf with steamed rice): the pork was really tasty and delicious, the Egg Loaf (which is also made with pork) was very good, moist and flavorful (though a bigger piece would have been nice)--for us Southern girls, though, the 'pork skin' was disappointing: thin, pale strips, not the fried pork skin we expected. I was in a seafood kinda mood so I ordered the Bun Thom Nuong (Grilled Shrimp with Noodles)--which is just what you get, nothing more, unless you ask. The shrimp were good BUT, the whole bowl was exceeding bland, even with added hot chili sauce, so I asked the server for fresh herbs, which vastly improved the flavor. A note here: I eat Asian foods a lot so I like the strong, crispy Thai Basil and Cilantro--the server said many Westerners don't care for them, so they stopped serving them with the dish, but if you don't ask, all you'll get is a bland bowl of rice noodles and shrimp--I was given a plate of herbs right from their restaurant garden, washed and fresh and the taste was amazing! Don't short yourself here, try something new! You tear up the herbs over the noodles--use a little at a time-mix them in, and taste--I used all I was given but you can try a little at a time until you see what you like. I hope that start serving Bun Bao (steamed bread dumplings filled with pork, herbs and egg), because that is a dish I really miss from my travels. I like the freshness of the food, the friendliness of the staff and the atmosphere. Prices are reasonable and service quick--we'll definitely be back soon!
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