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Little Saigon, Falls Church (outside Eden Center)

FoodDude2 | Jan 22, 201905:22 AM    

Went here for the first time last weekend. There were 4 of us and we came hungry. The owners have definitely changed as the menu is completely different from what is on Yelp from a few years ago. It is now a much smaller menu with a list of house specialties, some appetizers, soups, and bun and broken rice dishes. We ordered mainly from the house specialties and loved basically everything that came out of the kitchen.

They started us off with a plate of fresh shrimp chips with a chili lemongrass type dip. Delicious and totally won us over before we even ordered.

We ordered the following dishes: crispy spring rolls, fried soft shell crabs in butter with a passion fruit dipping sauce, shaking beef, bahn beo (steamed rice pancakes with ground shrimp), pan fried noodle cakes with beef, fish caramel, and Bun cha.

Everything was fantastic. I would say the only thing that didn't stand out were the crispy spring rolls. They were good but nothing special. The shaking beef was made with filet/tenderloin and was super tender and delicious. The fried soft shell crabs were perfectly crispy. The fish caramel was very good although the fish had bones in it so we had to be careful as we ate. The bahn beo was the best rendition I have had (granted I have only had this dish once before). They were freshly steamed rice pancakes served in a spoon and were so yummy. The pan fried noodle cakes were not what I was expecting. I was thinking they would be like rice cakes served in a Taiwanese or Korean restaurant. Maybe they were but they seemed much thinner and were deep fried I think so they were almost like thin fried wonton noodles. Whatever they were, the dish was also delicious. Sort of like a pan fried noodles.

Overall, this place should get more love and attention because it may now be my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the area. It is a bit more expensive than Eden Center places but it was also much nicer with white table cloths as well. We had 4 beers and the total bill was about $115 I think, which is not bad considering how much we ordered. The food was as good or better than any meal I have had at Huong Viet, which is my usual spot at the Eden Center.

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