OH my god this place is great. On the strength of two reviews, I made sure I got to try it. The atmosphere is very pleasant - swanky chairs (weirdly enough) and muted yellow walls. The service was a bit eager for my taste - but I was having a leisurely lunch so I can't blame them. They were VERY nice, though and had great recommendations.
The spring rolls were very plump. I was concerned about freshness, as they arrived within five minutes of ordering them. No fear - SO FRESH. We were still appetizer hungry, so I asked whether the chicken, beef or pork satay was best and was referred to the beef. It was AMAZING. Little beef rolls with peanuts and the SAUCE. Yum. So delicious!
I had the house special vermicelli dish as an entree. When it arrived, I knew we had made a huge error ordering two apps. It was ENORMOUS. Grilled thin chicken, pork, beef and shrimp (not thin) with cukes, carrots and a wonderful vermicelli base. It was SO GOOD. My friend had the special beef soup, which was also HUGE and with lots of variety.
If you don't like Vietnamese, you will still like this place - they had lots of pretty plain Chinese dishes (Kung Pao, General So). However, if you LOVE vietamese, look no further. Lots of frog legs, eel, hot pots and some entrees in the twenty dollar range. However, we ate a TON of food for only $11 apiece. The big ol entrees were only $5.95 each. What a deal. Everything was SO FRESH. I can't wait to go back.