This Vietnamese restaurant on a quiet stretch of 18th St in Pilsen is a gem. Its 2 rooms are quite spacious and decorated in a subdued black and tan palette using materials that evoke Southeast Asia without being kitschy. It's not a huge menu but everything we ate was made with care, pretty to look at and delicious. 2 of us shared the papaya salad and the chopped clams with rice crackers to start. Then the whole fried fish of the day (which was flounder) with sides of fried rice and fire-roasted eggplant. We shared a creampuff for dessert. Our waiter Marcos assured us that it would be plenty of food and he was right. Some of the food was a bit spicy, setting up a pleasant little tingle in the mouth. Other dishes, like the fish which came with lettuce leaves, whole herb leaves to make little hand rolls for dipping in a ginger sauce, were flavorful but quite mild.
There's a small list of cocktails, wine and beer plus some non-alcoholic choices.
We thoroughly enjoyed it, felt welcome and cared for and will be back to further explore the menu.
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