A small group of us meant to hit Cafe Boa for happy hour but ift was full, so I suggested headig across the lot for a snack and drink.
I can't give a proper review as we only had apps, but even then I was disappointed. Firstly, the menu was... "unbalanced?" For smaller bites it was eggrolls and more eggrolls. There must have been 12 different variations of the dish. There were some other apps that didn't jump out as being worth exploring for the price. I'm also guessing they seem to have dumbed down the menu choices for westerners at this location.
I was perfectly happy to order traditional eggrolls and was given some decent fare but with a tiny piece of lettuce, and a carrot/jicima slaw. No mint or other aromatics. The dipping sauce was that sweet orange variety, not the fishy/vinegar type from Vietnam.
The service was also blah. Despite being the only table there, our server came by only now and again. It also took about 25 mins to deliver any food, though we were the only patrons. It was 20+ minutes to get a bev. Nothing was ever offered or suggested... it required us asking about specials, faves, etc.
I'm not bashing it on purpose. It's near where I live and I'd love for it to do good. Again, it might be their Tempe location is influenced by the virginal college crowd. I'd love for some Mesa fans to compare and contrast the places.
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