A group of eight of us gathered for a lunch chowdown at Anh Hong in downtown Berkeley to discuss the future of the Chowhound picnic and future chowdowns.
As far as I recall, the dishes ordered were:
Vietnamese egg rolls
Bo 7 Mon http://www.anhhong.com/sevenbeef/
The accompanying herbs were fresh and plentiful. They even included rau ram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietname... and fish mint http://vietherbs.com/herb-directory/f... which aren’t that common around here. I would definitely go back for the bun—I work on the Berkeley campus and it is the best bun in walking distance. The pork in it had good grilled flavor and, as mentioned, the mix-ins were fresh and plentiful. I also really enjoyed the Bo La Lot (beef wrapped in betel leaves and grilled) from the seven courses of beef, which can also be ordered separately. One difference from their online menu is that the second course wasn’t beef fondue, but rather a carpaccio which was doused in sauce with some accompanying salad. Nothing else stood out, good or bad. The rice soup was a refreshing end to the meal, with just the right amount of ginger (quite a lot). The price for the seven courses of beef is 21.95 per person at the Berkeley location, more than at their other locations. I had previously written this place off as a lunch option in the area after having bad tofu curry and chow mein when I went with vegetarians, but would go back for the bo la lot and the bun, which I had missed previously, as they are listed in a “Dry Noodles” section, though I guess that makes sense, as whenever I order bun cha at a pho joint the waitress always makes sure to point out to me that it is not a soup.
2067 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704