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Posted 03 November 2011 - 02:43 PM
My general purpose low-key place is Hai Duong, who do a great pho, bun cha, and banh xeo. Best pho overall that I've had there is probably Pho Xe Lua, but they're more expensive and only take cash. For all purpose Viet food in a nicer setting, I like either Viet Bistro because of the outdoor seating, or in bad weather, Viet Taste. For banh mi, the best is Song Que, but I think one the delis around the corner to (the middle one, there are 3 then Sonq Que) does the best sinh to (smoothies).
There are still dozens more restaurants there, of which I've been to maybe 4 (Viet Royale, 2 other pho places, and one tiny place serving non-pho noodle soups as highly recommended by Tyler Cowen, plus a couple other delis for sinh to). What are your favorites?
Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:41 PM
Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:36 PM
I like Pho 75 (been to the Rosslyn and Herndon ones),but a) Eden Center is closer to me, and b) I don't like how they ONLY have pho, not even cha gio or goi cuon (crispy spring rolls and the soft salad rolls). Also Pho 75 only takes cash and I tend to operate on debit. I think the best places are on par with Pho 75...Pho Xe Lua may be better. Hai Duong is not perfectly consistent, sometimes the broth is knockout, sometimes not quite so much, but it's always very good. Almost any of the pho places in Eden Center will be good, even if not quite as good as Pho 75.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:31 PM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:22 PM
That being said, there's an even newer "nice" place called Bistro Vy (near the supermarket), and it slays.
Edited by Hassouni, 12 May 2012 - 11:22 PM.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:19 AM
In any event, the Eden Center is worth a stop for everything listed above, because it really makes you feel like you've entered an alternate universe.
Just don't do any gambling...
Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:03 AM
Then I haven't been to that one! I'm pretty sure I've been to Viet Royale, though. I'm a big fan of the quail appetizers.
Viet Bistro is the one with the patio, right near the entrance to the whole development
Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:54 PM
I haven't been, something seems off about going to such a dolled-up place in Eden Center....
Yea I somewhat agree, so I was a little hesitant to go there but it turned out to be really really great. At least the stuff I tried...they seem to specialize in their soup dishes. Their Bun Rieu was incredible the first few times I ate it. Last few times were just really off, tasted almost like they put worcestershire sauce in it.
But I think you're gonna have to get used to the whole fancy schmancy thing, I have a feeling that Eden center is trying to gentrify itself. I've heard rumors that the rents have been jacked up and alot of places have been closing down and being replaced by these scaled up "classy" places.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:38 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:58 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:02 AM
The newer, "classy" places still have great food.
Viet Taste is another relatively new place (with nice decor) in Eden Center. Their chef is supposedly famous for rice clay pot dishes. They are fantastic.
Oh man I'm so glad I made that choice. I had the Ca Um with tofu claypot. This used to be my regular at Viet Bistro before they totally went downhill. It wasn't the best I've ever had but it was pretty close.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:15 PM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:58 PM
I went to Viet Taste again and got the same dish and I was very disappointed. It was bland, and undercooked, and lukewarm. I think it being lukewarm was the most disappointing aspect. It's a shame because I have been missing that dish ever since Viet Bistro discontinued it for some reason