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Minh Tri--Inner Sunset

Bessie and Mort | Jan 1, 2006 12:25 PM

Last night we ate at Minh Tri on Irving and 7th in Inner Sunset. Normally for Vietnamese we would go further afield, but the rain and fog convinced us to stay close to home.

Setting: Minh Tri resembles your grandma's basement circa 1984, if your grandma is Vietnamese and collects ceramic ducks and ship replicas. Wood panelled walls, lacquered art, and a corner table decorated with an unplugged blender and an out-of-service rice cooker complete the look.

Service: Our waiter appeared to be about 15 years old. A nice kid, but he could use a little polish. You have to request chopsticks.

Food: For an appetizer we shared the vegetarian spring rolls: tofu, basil and noodles wrapped inside rice paper and service with a spicy peanut sauce. They were light, fresh, and delicious. For dinner he had Pho Tai (beef noodle soup), while I had the Bun Thit Nuong (barbecued pork with vermicelli). The pho, served only with thinly sliced beef and not tendons or balls, was delicious. The broth was light with a spicy kick at the finish. Compared to the pho, the bun was a disappointment. The barbecued pork was too lean and lacked the char I like.

Verdict: We'd go back for the pho and spring rolls, but I'd seek bun elsewhere.

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