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NGON BISTRO - Pretty Good Visit (msp)

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NGON BISTRO - Pretty Good Visit (msp)

snoboardbabe77 | Sep 1, 2009 05:03 AM

I have read mixed reviews on Ngon and living so close--finally decided to try it out on Sat at 11AM for lunch with my sister.

We sat on the patio - pleasant.
Server was prompt and polite - and should have been since we were the first and only patrons there at that time.
I am allergic to shellfish (so sad) so whenever I order spring rolls, I either ask for the shrimp removed (but pork still intact) or strictly vegetarian. I was a little disappointed to learn that the "fresh" spring rolls are pre-made/rolled. I can list about oh, 15-20 Vietnamese and Thai restaurants in MN that have no issues with making me a "fresh" one sans shrimp but with pork. I am of the opinion too, that they are made when requested due to the fact that if they were pre-made and simply removed the shrimp (when notified of my allergy), surely my allergic reaction would ensue.
That being said, (since I couldn't enjoy the shrimp croquettes), we opted for the egg rolls. Egg rolls on this day were delicious! If you like meat, you'd like these. They may have even had too much PORK. No joke. The pork had great flavor (a nice little spicy kick) and the pork to vermicelli noodle ratio was 90% pork - 10% noodles and veggies. They were hot, non-greasy and tasty!
I ordered the ginger tofu and shiitake mushrooms over broken rice. Arrived hot with a nice presentation - 7 or 8 pieces of 1 1/2 inch squares of marinated tofu - crisp on the outside, and chewy on the inside - the ginger marinade definitely penetrated the tofu. My only complaint? A few more slices of shiitake mushrooms. I swear I counted 4 thin slices. A few more would have been nice to round out the tofu, green onion, rice, english cucumber and tomato combo.
Sister ordered to Kadjean (sp) chicken over broken rice. It was a nice size/piece of chicken with a just-perfect char around the edges. The teriyaki-ish type glaze was actually fairly light and not overly sweet-but it did sort of remind me of your basic bottle less-syrupy teriyaki sauce? Even homemade, teriyaki tends to have that same taste....but nonetheless, the chicken was juicy and it was a pleasant summer meal.
Water only and refilled before asking multiple times. Final bill: $24.14 with tip- $30.00. Will definitely return. (Reminder: No pho available on patio).

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