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Red Moon Cafe

Muhlyssa | Jun 3, 2001 08:56 AM

Been driving by this place for as long as it has existed and finally last night we tried it. Overall I was most impressed with everything.

The room was modern and spacious, comfortable booths line one wall and tables fill up the rest of the room. The service was stupendous. At 7:30pm on a Saturday night, we were seated right away and they refilled my ice tea (regular) without prompting (which is one of my measure sticks).

We started with the Imperial platter, which included crystal rolls, meatballs, "shrimp dumplings" (heavily breaded shrimp) and skinny spring rolls fried much crisper than usual, all on a big plate of herbs with a tiny hibachi in the middle for warming up the meatballs. I was impressed with how fresh everything was and the great waiter we had explained what everything was and which sauces were for what.

We followed that with a seafood soup that was nice, slightly bland but full of scallops, crab meat, shrimp and veggies in an egg drop broth. Again, I was impressed with the overall freshness.

For an entree we had Luc-Lac steak with is filet pieces sauteed with a bit of coconut and bean sauce served with grilled onions. The steak was very tender.

The dessert menu was limited (asian restaurants generally don't do much with dessert anyway), but we enjoy green tea and red bean ice cream.

The prices were reasonable, the bill with tip and two non-alcholic beverages was about $50.

The menu was full of different Pho and more traditional Vietnamese dishes that we are looking forward to trying on subsequent visits as we plan on going back often. The menu is huge and they had some terrific specials as well.

Red Moon Cafe
Westdale Plaza
11267 National Blvd., West Los Angeles
310-477-3177

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