During my visits to Argyle Street, Ive always noticed this place as it has a sign showing it offers Bear, Deer, Wild Boar, Snake and other exotic dishes.
Today my brother was in town w/a few friends to see the Blues Fest, he and his compadres took the redline EL up and got off at Argyle where I met them on the street.
I said they have three choices, some of the best roast duck in the city at Sun Wah BBQ, pho and salty/onion squid at Pho 888 or we could go to the exotic game place. They all agreed we should go to Nhuy the game restaurant.
Upon entering, it did not seem as though they were serving food as there were only two large round tables and one long table where some locals were playing a large board game w/rocks. In another corner were two video poker like games that were being played by fiercely smoking players.
The four of us sat down and waited. We were greeted by a nice guy who gave us 4 large water glasses filled w/cold iced asian tea and the menus.
Decided upon three items, Spring Rolls, Shredded Pork Spring Rolls and a Banh Mi sandwich cut up into four pcs.
The Banh Mi was great, it always amazes me how different each restaurants Banh Mi sandwiches are, even w/in the Argyle block.
The spring rolls were both heavy on the mint and the mint seemed like it had been marinated in something because it was VERY aromatic.
For the main courses we ordered Bear, Deer, Wild Boar and Kangaroo.
A few minutes after ordering, another waiter came out and places a gas grill on the table and an iron skillet. He turns on the gas, lights the grill and leaves.
Our first dish arrives, the bear. Sliced up pieces of bear, eggplant, okra and onion on a platter. Waiter takes some butter, puts it in the skillet as well as some meat and veggies. thats how you cook it he says.
We were served a coconut cream sauce w/very hot chili paste as a dipping sauce.
The bear was ok, I mainly tasted butter and lemongrass.
Then the wild boar in the same presentation, the boar was not good!
Then came the kangaroo w/orange sauce (already cooked). Best dish, but not great. The kangaroo was breaded and fried, just did not have a good texture.
Last came the deer (same presentation as bear and boar), which was the best out of the cook our own dishes, but again nothing special.
So while it was unique having this unusual meal, it was very mediocre which was disappointing.
Quan Thit Rung Nhuy
1032 W. Argyle St
Hours: 8am-12am 7 days per week
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