Went to the HEA Cafe in the Walmart shopping center just west of the intersection of I-35 and 290/Ben White Blvd. (500 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX - (512) 804-2310) for dinner the other night.
They opened pretty recently and the place still looks shiny new. All kinds of Asian condiments on the table (siracha, chili/garlic paste/sauce, hot chili oil, fish sauce, soy sauce, and several others I'm not sure of) as well as an impressive utensil caddy (forks, wood chopsticks, enameled chopsticks, big ceramic soup spoons, smaller metal Western-style soup spoons, etc.) But anyway, about the food!
The menu looked mostly Vietnamese?, but also pan-Asian-esque (obviously I'm no expert here, so please bear with me) Appetizers included egg rolls, spring rolls, lettuce wraps, etc. About five kinds each of vermicelli bowls, rice bowls, pho, fried rice, noodle dishes as well as General Tso's chicken, brocolli with garlic sauce. We had two vermicelli bowls, one with a lemongrass sauce, one with a curry sauce. They came with a choice of chicken, beef, tofu and/or maybe something else that I can't remember.
And they came out very tasty. Generous portion of vermicelli with fresh, nice-lookin veggies and proteins, with shredded greenery and bean sprouts too, I think. Lemongrass sauce was tasty. Yellow curry was fine, but not incredible. Service was quick and pleasant.
This was just a preliminary foray for us, but we're planning a return visit to explore the rest of the menu. It looks promising...
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