Geez, this place is easy to miss. Chef Haley Nguyen ( Culinary instructor and now restaurateur) just opened up Xanh Bistro in a hidden corner of a quiet, sleepy shopping center in Fountain Valley. Luckily some friends invited me to this new little secret, or else I never would have ever found this little eatery, let alone seen the four, simple lettered sign outside - X.A.N.H. (meaning the color Green in Vietnamese ). I had the claypot white fish (moist, delicious and perfectly salty like it should be ) with garlic mustard greens ( tender & definitely garlicky). The best part of the meal was the banana blossom salad with chicken skewers infused with lime leaves. This salad was tossed with a bold, flavorful, salty, sour sweet dressing that seemed to draw away the normal astringency of the banana blossoms. Yes! This was a first for me.
Everyone in my group enjoyed the meal , but all agreed on one thing....the staff was still green (just like it's name). The wait staff seemed awfully awkward and still uncomfortable with the newness of their restaurant. But they just opened, so I'm going back again to try more of the exciting menu this week. Maybe by then the wait staff with learn their menu by then too.
16161 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley Ca 92708