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Chez Trinh - Williamsburg, VA

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Chez Trinh - Williamsburg, VA

maryelizabeth | Dec 27, 2005 03:02 PM

My husband and I and our two boys (2 1/2 and 3 months) ate lunch at this Vietnamese restaurant on the day after Christmas. What a great meal!

It's easy to miss this place, as it's tucked into a strip mall and doesn't face the street (look for the Marshall's and Stein Mart on Monticello Ave near Richmond Rd). It must do a fairly brisk business, though, since it's been around at least since I was student at W&M in the early '90s.

My husband had a noodle soup with chicken, shrimp, and beef. I don't recall the name of it, but he raved about it. My older son and I shared the Chez Trinh platter, which consisted of 2 spring rolls, 2 egg rolls, 4 fried wontons, 2 steamed dumplings and 2 fried dumplings. It came with peanut sauce, fish sauce and dumpling sauce. The server said the dumpling sauce was made with licorice, which I'm not a big fan of. I thought the peanut sauce, oddly, also tasted like licorice. The spring rolls were stuffed with rice noodles, lettuce, shrimp and beef (both in the same roll). They were wonderful. My son wolfed down the dumplings, but I did get a small taste and they were very tasty and not too doughy. The fried wontons were amazing with the fish sauce. By the time I got to the egg rolls I was pretty stuffed, but they were very good, if a bit heavy on the cabbage.

The service was very attentive. The place was virtually empty when we arrived around noon, but by the time we left it was fairly busy. We visit W'burg a couple of times a year, and will definitely put Chez Trinh on our must-visit list. Highly recommended.

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