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Posted by F&H on 12/23/2009
This place is like TGI Fridays or something of the sort, with Vietnamese food. The food is very Americanized (I'm not Vietnamese, but have been there), even seems Chinese style in some ways. The atmosphere was festive for the holiday season... bustling and nice. The waiter was friendly and attentive. The only problem is that they were trying to rush us to either order food or wrap things up. It was clear that they had been instructed to move the tables quickly for maximum profit. Finally, I would say that if you want a place to get together with a large group, mediocre food is ok, and you want a bustling environment, this is the place. If you want genuine Vietnamese food, find another place.
Posted by Morgan on 05/18/2009
I go here for take out about once a week - I always get the Bun Xao, very easy - it is ready within 5 minutes and I can take it back to the office with me. The people who work there seem to be hanging around a lot - I probably wouldn't choose it to sit down at - it's too huge.
Posted by Mctwist on 03/24/2009
As a vietnamese patron, i was offended by this establishments sub-par food, incredibly unfriendly staff . With that being said...the spring rolls are subpar. Cheap ingredients and a sour fish sauce. Pho tasted like it came from an instant package. Satay was ok. Great decor, but the service was really slow. On teh bright side you only have to wait 10 minutes for a dish.
Posted by anonymous on 03/01/2009
This establishment serves the best sate and Vietnamese spring rolls. I have eaten chicken sate at various places. Here, the chicken was so juicy and tender. Also, the environment was clean. Next to the delicious food, the cleanliness of restaurant is a huge deal. The price was reasonable and we received our dishes pretty quickly.
Posted by SDOT on 02/28/2009
It was my 1st time going there with 3 other other friends...i must say it was very impressed with the food and drinks..the prices are good..and the atmosphere makes you feel like your at a lounge..the only thing is i felt like the waiter was rushing us..we didnt wait too long for a table either...great place to try though..will go again
Posted by Henry Goldman on 09/13/2008
While the food may not be as authentic as fare one might find in Chinatown it is more suited to the American palate, and is delicious. Service is fast. Spring rolls, squid, pork chops, beef cubes, lemon grass soup with chicken, BBQ chicken with noodles, all excellent. Good take out, too.
Posted by braindandy on 06/22/2008
We thought the boycott was over. So we went again after 1.5 yrs of staying away. We asked the waiter about the boycott - and he was very nice but let us know that it was still going on. Wish he had stayed our waiter - there was almost no one in the huge space which felt more like a department store than a restaurant. After our order, we had about 3 or 4 different servers - they would plunk our plates down without asking who had what - and walk away without saying anything. Same with dessert and the bill. Got the definite feeling they wanted us out of there. The girls at the front counter did nothing but laugh and giggle at each other. No one said "thank you," smiled, asked for dessert - just deadpan stares in the other direction. Have to say - food was pretty excellent though - had the basil chicken which was sublime and the okra - all very yummy! Guess the boycott has kept away any potential staff who have even basic manners. I hope they resolve it soon so that they either go the way of the dinosaur or hire some friendly wait staff - for now, it is a weird sort of purgatory.