I stopped in to this place based on a tip and thought I would pass on a brief report as I could not find any past mentions using the search engine.
The restaurant is in a strip mall but the owners have dressed it up a bit with tablecloths and decorations which make it a bit nicer than the more casual neon lit places. I did not pay much attention to the menu and quickly asked the owner if 8 courses of fish was available for lunch. A quick yes from the owner and a personal decision that an 8 course lunch is perfectly reasonable and the meal was on.
The $27 for 2 lunch went as follows:
1. Fish salad- julienne of cabbage, carrot, and (i think) daikon with small bits of citrus marinated raw fish. This was covered with a mix of ground peanuts and sesame seeds. This was served with a sweetish fish sauce and was quite good- delicate and fresh w/ great texture.
2. Fresh Rolls w/ fish- The same fish as in the salad but in lager pieces and mixed with white onion and topped w/ ginger. They then brought a stack of rice paper, a water bowl, and a platter w/ lettuce/mint/cilantro. The dipping sauce provided was a thin milky peanut sauce.
3-7. Courses 3-7 come at once. They include: simple battered and fried fish, fried fish patties on skewers, cha gio rolls w/ fish, fish sausage wrapped in lot leaf, and sauteed fish w/ turmeric and dill. With this course they brought more fish sauce and checked that we had sufficient stores of rice paper and herbs. Everyhing was quite good. The fried items were crisp and non-greasy, the two ground fish items had different textures and spicing.
8. The final course was congee w/ fish. This the first congee I've tasted and it was quite good though perhaps a bit much as I was pretty full when it arrived. I greatly enjoyed the contrasting flavors of ground pepper, green onion and fried shallots that were sprinkled on top. The shallots were obviously made at the restaurant and were very sharp against the mild flavor of the congee.
Overall I thought it was a great meal and a fantastic bargain. The fish seemed fresh and even though it appeared to be the same kind of fish throughout all of the courses there was sufficient variation in texture and flavor to make the meal interesting. The standouts for me were the opening salad and the fish sausage wrapped in lot leaf.
Worth a try,
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