On one of the last days of classes and finals before I left for Peru, I was chatting with the BlindBaker and discovered she was about to have lunch nearby our school. Hey, I like lunch! so I hopped on over to grab a bite with her.
She’d already ordered summer rolls by the time I got there – I’d told her I’d be a few minutes and feel free to start eating before I got there – so I happily found food waiting for me when I sat down. The peanut sauce was overly thick, and we both commented on the summer rolls. They were alright… but I doubt I’d go back and order these.
She’d ordered an iced coffee on one of the first really hot days of the summer (ugh and now all I can think about are hot days… no end in sight!), and it looked so good, I ordered one for myself as well. We were both a bit disappointed that they do all the work for you – in the back! – so you don’t get to watch the little individal filter drip everything down and then mix it together. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here – really cool step-by-step photos, I didn’t even know all the steps that go into it, just the end ones! Interesting!) This hit the spot on the hot day, slightly bitter, slightly sweet, and ice cold. Mmm.
I’m not sure what the name of this was, but I know BlindBaker wasn’t that impressed with her cold noodles. I can see it had spring rolls on top, maybe shredded pork… I’m sure she will chime in and help me out here – and also share her opinion?
I also ordered cold noodles topped with some sort of beef. I don’t want to be gross, but when the bowl arrived, well, I wasn’t too happy with what the beef on top looks like. A bit unappetizing to say the least. And while it tasted fine, it was on the dry side and not that interesting. I’m pretty picky when it comes to Vietnamese food, because I’ve had amazing AND homemade Vietnamese (not always the same thing)… and while this would do in a really tight pinch if I’m near school and need Vietnamese food, I wouldn’t choose to come here again if I was craving Vietnamese. If anything, I’d run over to Flushing … or really just wait until I can go to my favorite place. This place was also significantly more expensive than the places I usually go to – around $2 more, which is kind of a lot considering usually this dish is $5ish.
Yvo says: I want to find a good Vietnamese place this close to school, but alas, this is not it. As I said, it would do in a very tight pinch, but it would never be my first choice for Vietnamese food. The place is pretty clean, has a parking lot, and the service was pretty friendly… but it doesn’t make up for the less-than-mediocre food and the high prices. Sorry.
not really recommended