In a bad mood after a rough day at work, I balked at eating the last of our leftovers and convinced my husband to take a drive to Piedmont Avenue to try out Xyclo. I had walked by Xyclo several times, peeking in to admire its pretty interior, but had never gone inside.
My bad mood quickly lifted as the food arrived. For our appetizer, we shared the Nem Nuong Roll, which was excellent. Each roll held a generous piece of flavorful sausage, and the green apple and sheet of lettuce wrapped snugly inside the rice noodle gave everything a nice crunch.
For my entree, I ordered the lemongrass chicken curry. An earlier post had described this dish unfavorably, but I found it delicious. The chicken leg was perfectly tender and juicy, and the lemongrass curry (more like a soup than a curry, in my opinion) had a strikingly nuanced mix of flavors. The slight sourness of the lemongrass was balanced beautifully with the sweetness of the carrots and potatoes.
My husband, on a tofu kick recently, ordered the combination stir-fry: tofu, mushrooms, broccoli, onion, cauliflower, eggplant & zucchini. It was a simple stir-fry but pleasing to the eye and tasty.
In short, the food at Xyclo seems to me like comfort food, kicked one notch up. As mentioned in an earlier post, the prices at Xyclo are comparable to Soi 4 in Rockridge, which has a similar Asian modern vibe.
Service on a Thursday night was pleasing--not too much hovering but attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back, especially since our usual Vietnamese stand-by, Binh Minh Quan, has been disappointing us lately.
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