If you are looking for a trendy, cheap and crowded hole-in-the wall serving mediocre Vietnamese food, look no further. It's always a bad sign when the only Asians in an Asian restaurant are the restaurant staff. And this is a Vietnamese restaurant located in one of Paris' numerous Chinatowns.
The starter consisted of a spring roll, which was served wrapped in plastic. Obviously a sign that the spring roll was not freshly made and a detail that contributed to the sparse service.
The beef bo bun was quite bland. Even the dipping sauces lacked the fishy kick that we are used to having from authentic Vietnamese restaurants.
What really annoyed me was that they were quite cheap with the tea. It's the first time I was served tea in an Asian restaurant by the glass! Normally, you order tea and it is served in a teapot. The place is small, noisy and jam-packed. We struggled to get the wait staff's attention to refill our tiny tea glasses.
The place is so smal and crowdedl that we had to ask 2 other diners who were seated to get up so that we could leave. We were seated at a small table against the far wall from the entrance.
The bill for two came to 28 euros, which is quite cheap but you get what you pay for: uninspired and bland food in a tiny and noisy restaurant with minimal service.
There are many other much more authentic Vietnamese restaurants in the area.
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