This week we trekked down to Lower Greenville for a visit to one of the hottest spots in Dallas as they celebrate the Lunar New Year, as well as its 6-month anniversary.
Ngon, meaning “delicious”, features a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes in a festive and bright setting. The space includes a twelve-seat bar, a spacious dining room, and a patio for those who wish to dine outdoors during this time. Enjoy the peek, then head down to eat.
After a decade in the restaurant business, Carol Nguyen wanted to open her first Vietnamese restaurant on Lower Greenville serving the food from her upbringing in Ha Noi and food from her favorite street vendors that she loves to eat. She was inspired to open Ngonwhen she wasn’t able to find the same culinary experiences and tastes of home in the Dallas area. Full of greenery, the modern and bright restaurant officially opens in early September at 1907 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75206 (the old Shiva space). Continue reading →
In an uncertain world there are few things we might find comforting. The snuggles of a cute puppy, a breezy gust of cool Winter air, and certainly the steaming platter of fried rice from DaLat. The dish comes with Chinese pork sausage and shrimp. You may add a fried egg as a topper (highly suggested) and sub out the shrimp for tofu or chicken. How ever you concoct your fried rice, it will arrive at your table steaming with a slight crispness that will send you reeling.
The fried rice is a great dish to share, which opens options and further choices. Of course the pho is delicious, especially late night after a few choice cocktails. But as of late the choice has been Soup 4 The Soul which is a bowl of broth with rice instead of the requisite noodles, meatballs, pico de gallo, and a choice of chicken, beef or tofu. This is a soothing and most comforting bowl that is fantastic year round.
We drove through Chinatown in Richardson this week in search of something particular, but the restaurant we were looking for was a mob scene. So we carefully summoned past memories of all the many choices of restaurants in the plaza and decided on Caravelle which has a focus on Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.
You can certainly find a worthy bowl of pho on the menu, but was looking for something a bit different. For a soup we ordered a combination hot pot which would encompass many of the seafood items they offer, but we were being waited on by the most entertaining Mary, who is also a manager at the restaurant, and she directed us to the catfish hot pot. She said it was much more authentic, and we are a sucker for that phrase. Continue reading →
Last September Wicked Po Boy shuttered in Preston Center with rumors that it would become some iteration of a pho house. Today on the Tanoshii Facebook page they displayed photos of the new concept which is definitely Vietnamese. The signs are up and they are now hiring for the latest in their growing group of restaurants. Welcome Miss Chi to the neighborhood, it just got a little tastier around here.
Mot Hai Ba, the new East Dallas hot spot which is the latest entry into Vietnamese dining is hitting its stride to a packed house each night as guests clamor to sample Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare cuisine. Having spent much time carousing in the Southeast Asian country, Chef Johnson told us last night that this was as authentic as you will ever find in the Dallas area. We readily agree.
The flavors that the chef duo bring to the plate is dining s you might enjoy in Vietnam. The afternoon service is gilded much like you would find on the streets of Hanoi. Quick bites including a very tasty banh mi spread thick with pate and roasted pork on a crisp yet relenting bun, and a rich version of pho. Continue reading →