I wanted to tell you how excited we were to find that a great Vietnamese restaurant moved into our neighbourhood.
vietwest restaurant (formerly on 2nd Avenue) has just officially opened on 5616 4th St. NW and we couldn't be happier. In the last week we have eaten there 4 times, choosing different dishes each time and all were great. They have the standard list of Vietnamese offerings but the flavour is intense and the spicing right on. It is a family-run operation; Mom in the kitchen, Dad (Larry) out front or their daughter. All very friendly.
The salad rolls are extremely fresh, especially the Satay Beef ones (Larry said they have to make them to order or the delicate wrapper disintegrates with the heat of the satay beef). The soup broths are fragrant and rich -- I took the leftover broth home last night & when I went to heat it up for lunch today, it was totally jellied -- a great sign of a well-prepared broth).
They have a few interesting combos as appetizers which might do a light eater for a full meal -- #8 is 2 Lalot beef rolls, 2 spring rolls & 2 shrimp salad rolls -- #7 is 2 grilled shrimp skewers, 2 spring rols & 2 shrimp salad rolls. All were great.
They also do great subs - crispy rolls filled to the brim with various tasty ingredients. There's a small vegetarian section, as well as buns and rice dishes.
Hope you can give them a visit sometime -- they deserve it.