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Mintleaf Vietnemese in Marina Village, Alameda

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Mintleaf Vietnemese in Marina Village, Alameda

Martin Strell | May 15, 2008 04:57 AM

A new Vietnamese restaurant opened in the strip mall at Marina Village in Alameda this week. It occupies the space that was last populated by the Dog Out. I don't think it has anything to do with the similarly named new restaurant in Berkeley. I tried it today, its forth day of operation, for lunch. I had the Saigon Vermicelli Bowl "Bun Bac Biet" with chicken. The chicken was cooked very nicely. The noodles were a little too chewy, I thought. Service was a little iffy, but they are clearly getting things worked out so soon after opening. I only got the sauce for the noodles after asking, and it wasn't enough, so the noodles were a bit dry.

I played it safe for the first visit, but there are some interesting sounding things on the menu, like steamed basil mussels and a mango salad with jicama and shallots. Unfortunately, my company is moving to Oakland next week, so I don't know how much I'll get to try!

Prices seen reasonable, with most items coming in at $9 or less. First impression was good (for the area), but not great. Potential to get much better. Certainly a very welcome change from the standard chain choices in the mall (Subway, Round Table, Quiznos, etc.)

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