Daniel | Jan 1, 200511:18 AM     8

I'm wondering if any other Seattle hounds have been to this recently-opened delight in the 12th & Jackson Little Saigon neighborhood. I've dined there twice in the past few weeks and think it's one of the best new restaurants to open in 2004, offering easily the best Vietnamese cooking I've ever experienced.

The decor is decidedly upscale but the prices are in line with the neighborhood, i.e. low.

On my first visit, my companion and I went straight to the Bo Bay Mon/7 Courses of Beef. Each course was exceptional, especially the beef salad, the La Lot rolls (also available as an appetizer), and the braised beef.

This past Wednesday, I returned with 2 friends. We shared the house special roll (sorry, I should have noted the exact name), the La Lot rolls, braised stuffed squid, and combination noodles (do--it yourself roll-ups) with egg roll, grilled shrimp paste on sugar cane, pork sate, grilled shrimp and more.

Desserts especially set this place apart from my previous experiences with Vietnames cuisine. Be sure to ask for the desserts that aren't on the menu: Durian ice cream (for serious hounds only), grilled rice-coated bananas in coconut sauce, a cassava concoction in coconut sauce all are particularly good.

Would love to hear impressions from other hounds.


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