A few weeks ago at a visit to Nha Trang with fellow hounds, I remarked that the combination of a spacious patio overlooking the lake and fresh, light Vietnamese food would be perfect on a warm evening, so when my parents and my visiting-from-England aunt suggested dinner last night, I took them to Nha Trang.
It was indeed the perfect choice. My aunt, who had never had Vietnamese food, and my parents who have only had pho, both enjoyed it a lot. We ordered several dishes I'd had on the previous visit: the seven courses of fish; bo luc lac ("shaking beef"); eggplant with tofu and basil (this was a big hit with my aunt); and a couple of new dishes: bun with BBQ pork and the Imperial rolls.
When we were there, Melanie had tried to order the imperial rolls and met with resistence from the woman (owner? manager?) taking our order. She finally decided that since the woman didn't want to sell them to us, they probably weren't very good.
Take note of this: Melanie was wrong! The imperial rolls were the best I've ever had. And if we'd done our research, we would have seen that Missy P. before us had said the same.
Food was great. Service was friendly although disorganized. The hostess/owner/manager was charming (I think she remembered me from our previous visit). When we left, she had one of the waitresses get us each an orange, saying (quite correctly, juding by the slices presented at the close of the meal), that they were especially sweet.
We got there around 7:40 and the patio was mostly empty, but it soon filled up with happy, chattering people of all ages (families with small children, young adults, older working men, etc.).
I'll be back!
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