I had the good fortune of being taken by my friend to his favorite neighborhood place. Dalat's is a smallish Vietanamese restaurant in downtown San Jose,
close to SJSU. It is run by a family, with four generations pitching in. The food is marvelous and is presented with an artistic eye. I had the grilled beef satay noodle soup which came in a bathtub sized bowl and was adorned with fresh tomatoes, scallions, red and yellow pepper with perfectly cooked medium calibre rice noodles and thin sliced beef swimming in a tangy brown broth. The satay was neither clingly nor sweet and if not hot enough for your taste, many spicy condiments are readily available for adonrnment. The fresh spring rolls were also well executed, crammed with good sized shrimp, mint and rice noodles and held together with SOFT rice papers wrappers. My friend had cubed beef and broccoli. The beef was tender and flavorful without sitting in a sauce. We witnessed a large banquet in progress and got to see (but not taste)platefuls of quartered quails, steamed duck and crispy skined roasted chickens. The restaurant is apparently very busy at lunch (it was not crowded last night), attracting a diverse crowd including many SJPD officers as one of the owner's sons is a cop who likes to bring his buddies by. This is a wonderful place and I will go back to try the rest of it.
408 E. WILLIAM ST.
SAN JOSE, CA