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Short Report on Mekong East in one Word: "Meh"

NicoleFriedman | Aug 22, 201105:44 AM     3

In the words of my hubby, "meh." I was starving and ordered soup and an entree. The soup (hot and sour) came at the same time as my entree. The waiter explained the timing was because the soup was an entree. Ok, but since I also ordered an additional entree, shouldn't she have warned me? I love good vietnamese hot & sour soup. Their version was "meh". Ok flavor but way too salty and lacking a bit of sweetness. (I know it's technically hot and sour soup but my favorite versions tend to have a touch of sweetness, probably from pineapple juice).
My entree as well was "meh". The menu was short and instead of the typical grilled chicken I tried the caramel cooked tilapia. The fish was a tad "fishy" (i.e. not super fresh). There was a lack of fresh herbs which I'm used to with vietnamese cooking. Not horrible, but not super yummy either.
I would go back if I were in the area but I definitely would not make a destination of it. I hope their food improves because I hate to have to go to Chinatown for Vietnamese. Elmhurst has a few places, but each one I've tried has been very dirty; not places I'd want to eat from. To end on a positive note, Mekong East was extremely clean.

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Mekong East
43-13 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

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