Restaurants & Bars 4

hanoi cafe

ken | Oct 1, 2004 05:36 PM

There's a new little Vietnamese place on Sawtelle between Mizu, the Shabu Shabu place, and Orris, Shiro's new place.

So, it looked good enough from the outside to give a try, so three of us went for lunch. Pretty thin menu, but they serve the basics, have some vegetarian options, and they serve beer. We ordered pho, an order of imperial rolls (the fried ones), and some iced teas. The iced teas were good. The imperial rolls were fried. That's about the extent of the good.

The imperial rolls were rather plain with a mushy inner texture and came with a sparse accompaniement of herbs -- one sprig of mint and one of basil -- and only 2 small lettuce leaves for 4 rolls.

The pho was very bland. Swanson's makes beefier broth. Only an extra large addition of hoisin sauce and hot sauce salvaged it, but I was hungry going in. Another barely touched his, but he's a bit more finicky.

All in all, not worth going back. Next time I'm looking for Vietnamese on the Westside, it'll be Le Saigon.

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