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So Ju Bang / Banh Cuon Tay Ho (downtown Oakland)

Marc Wallace | Jun 21, 200405:13 PM

Dragged a bunch of apathetic coworkers out to So Ju Bang, only to find the place dark and the doors locked? It didn't have the completely dead appearance some restaurants get (where they've moved all the cooking equipment out into the center of the floor), but I hope it's not permanently closed. Two Korean restaurants in the same month would be too much!

So I dragged them on further to try out Banh Cuon Tay Ho, at 12th and Webster (where Apsara used to be). Just about everyone eating there was Vietnamese. Service was pretty bad, but they do have a wide variety of phos (sorry, david de berkeley, didn't see chicken broth ones) and some noodle and rice dishes. We all thought it looked fairly authentic.

I didn't think it was amazing... but I couldn't decide on a pho and just got a vermicelli noodle dish. The egg rolls were barely fried. The BBQ pork was okay, but didn't have the amazing grill taste of, say, Huynh or Le Cheval. But I wouldn't mind going back to try the pho. (all the natives in the restaurant ordered pho)

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