A jovial group of us got together on Friday Feb. 18 at Huong Que restaurant in the Eden Center in Falls Church. There were five of us and we had the idea to order one of their "Family Dinners" for four. We ordered the seafood Family Dinner for four with an add on of two orders of their delicious spring rolls which proved nice and crisp, but lightly fried so one could taste the subtly flavored filling within. The seafood items were as follows:
Caramelized shrimp - shrimp were nicely cooked "al dente" and they weren't overly sweet as I'd feared they might be.
Crispy fish - white fish that was lightly fried like the spring rolls but moist on the inside and subtly flavored.
Tamarind fish soup - In this case, I wish the soup had been more sour and less sweet. The soup had been advertised as being sweet and sour, but I tasted a lot more sweetness. Some of the fish wasn't cooked all the way through so we avoided that, but most of it was nice and moist.
Vietnamese watercress sauteed with slices of garlic - a very nice vegetable dish where the garlic didn't overpower the nicely sauteed unusual Asian watercress. I'd definitely recommend this one, especially for vegetarians.
The amount of food was perfect for five of us especially with the spring rolls. The best food items in my opinion were the spring rolls which, by the way, were accompanied by a nice amount of Asian basil (yum!), the crispy fish, and the Vietnamese watercress. The food could have been spicier, so some of us made ample use of the chili sauce that was provided. The Nuoc Mom, or fish sauce, was a tasty accompaniment. The service at Huong Que was attentive and professional, but when will Asian restaurants ever learn to serve coffee?!! They're shooting themselves in the foot in this way with their non-Asian customers. I noticed this was a friendlier, less snobbish group of chow hounds, not to offend anybody at other chow lunches. A fun lunch!