My cousin was visiting town so I made res at SD. We had a very nice dinner with Hamachi sashimi, SD roll, shaking beef, noodles with crab. I enjoyed it very much and so did she. I was most interested to read the discussions about SD on previous posts and wanted to throw in my .02. The menu was light on the Vietnamese dishes that I know but I can see that the place is trying to transcend being just a Vietnamese restaurant. They are creating some wonderful dishes with an Asian base that work really well together. Their prices are high but I expected that. The service was excellent, without being obtrusive. The space was beautiful and while it was noisy, we could still talk. I would definitely recommend this place with the caveat that it is not a traditional Viet restaurant.
Interesting anecdote. Co-workers and I frequent a little joint in Cotati called Mai run by a lovely Chinese/Viet woman. Several weeks ago we had a Vietnamese guy come out to do some training. We took him to Mai and he immediately noted that she wasn't ethnic Vietnamese. He thought the food was Ok but what was really telling was he gave us his criteria for great vietnamese food. One word - Price. He said nothing about quality of ingedients, freshness, variety, cleanliness, atmosphere. All he cared about was how cheap it was. He raved about vietnamese sandwiches on white rolls because they were only 2 bucks.
Go figure. As the gentleman in Borat noted "We are experiencing some real cultural differences here"
I look forward to trying some of the other restaurants mentioned in prior SD posts.
Thanks, and buen provecho
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