In addition to freaking delicious food (and drinks!) and relatively good prices, Vietnam has a lovely setting with lots of cozy wood details and, most importantly, lighting that makes me look approximately 8 to 9 months younger than I am. You had me at dimmer switch, Vietnam.
First off, try as I might, I can simply never avoid getting the tofu rolls for an appetizer. Why? I’m glad you asked. Um, they’re delicious. First, the tofu is only super lightly fried, second, the hoisin peanut sauce is perfection, and third, there is vermicelli and basil and bean sprouts, which make for a magical, fresh combo. We also upped the ante this time and added in the Vietnamese meatballs. Mother, may I. I don’t know what was going on here exactly, but it was darn good. They were moist, super well seasoned, and the perfect density. I am REALLY particular (shocker!) about the packed-ness of my ground meats, and this was spot on. I could’ve eaten 9,000 of these (okay, two, maybe three) but I needed to save my strength for what was coming.
George picked the house vermicelli bowl, which, aside from the standard lettuce and, uh, vermicelli, was filled with the following: egg rolls, pork, chicken, and, wait for it, more Vietnamese meatballs. I’m not denying that this was sensational or a ridiculous value as it could feed you like leftovers for a week, but I am saying that it was definitely “eyes bigger than stomach” scenario. If you order, steel yourself.