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tattud_gurl | Sep 6, 2005 10:24 AM

Everytime I eat here, I ask myself, why don't I eat here MORE often?
I love this small restaurant. Justina always has something to talk about and is honest when you ask her about the menu items.

Sue and I started out with the beef carpaccio and the pepper shrimp for our apps. Let me tell you, aside from the beef carpaccio I had in Paris, this stuff is out of this world. It was raw beef, swimming in a suace of lime and mint, which was SO good, I almost ordered 2 more plates for my meal. It comes with sesame crackers that look like twisted bread with black seeds in it. You put the meat on the cracker and add some chili sauce...and viola....you have a tasty treat. The mint and the lime complimented each other so well. Niether one overpowered the other. The menu says it comes with pineapple, but I didn't see or taste any...but that's okay...it was perfect.

The pepper shrimp was what I was looking forward to, since my last visit. Unfortunately, the beef was so good, I hardly noticed the shrimp. Don't get me wrong...it was good, but the carpaccio was better.

For our entree, we shared the crispy rice noodle cake with beef, shrimp, scallops and veggies. We wanted to get the chicken and pineapple curry also, but Justina advised us that would be too much food, with the apps, so we opted for the one entree.

The crispy rice noodle dish was very good. The noodles were hidden under all the meat and veggies, and it was perfectly crispy and chewy, even after sitting under the sauce for a while. The scallops and shrimp were good, but the beef was bland, I thought. The entree was really good, but I was still thinking about the beef carpaccio. Seriously, it was that good.

To drink, Sue had water and I opted for the Thai iced tea which is thai tea topped with cream. It was so tasty and sweet..I didn't have to add any sugar at all.
If you've never had a thai iced tea, give it a try. I think it was $2.50.

We HAD to make room for dessert, so we shared the jasmine creme brulee. YUM! So sweet and creamy. I love this place.

The second best part of the meal was the vietnamese coffee. Starbucks has nothin' on this caffeine laden drink.
You get a small glass, the size of a rocks glass, with condensed milk in the bottom. On top is a mini coffee filter filled with coffee,that drips into the glass below, and is then served over ice. No need for sugar...the condensed milk is sweet enough, and the caffeine will keep you going all day long. SO GOOD.

Justina told us that her boyfriend told her he can never leave her because she makes him vietnamese coffee, and he's addicted to it....and he doesn't know how to make it. Too funny.

We had a great time and great food and we WILL BE BACK...soon. Our bill was $31.00 for everything.
This is a great place to try vietnamese food, nothing on the menu is over 9 bucks!

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