Had lunch with at Viet Cali in Mira Mesa today.
I was the guest and my dining companions did not even open the menu, and when the server arrived they told him what we wnated by by number, the 20 and 30. What was I going to have???
They ordered the #20, rice noodles with chicken soup @ $4.75 and #30, spring rolls with shrimp, @ $3.95.
I was told that I would be experiencing the best chicken soup I have ever had. I come from a long line of chicken soup makers, wife, mom, grandmother and aunt. This was a real build up for disappointment. They were right. We had to ask for a fork for the noodles and chicken. We each got our own bowl. I was told it was the small bowl. The soup came accompanied with a plate of basil sprigs, bean sprouts, limes and sliced chilis. After eating half the bowl I decided to try the lime and basil, which added a real taste explosion to already fantastic soup.
The soup was a clear broth and it was great!!! It was rich with rich chicken flavor and the bowl was filed with chicken pieces, scallion and noodles. If it had a matzo ball, it would have been complete.
They had 104 items on the menu, 98 of them were under $9, with a majority of them averaging about $6.50. They even serve beer and wine.