We stayed downtown at the Omni and this restaurant is a block away. I love Vietnamese food as an American and I have had it all over the country in a lot of states. They are all different and different areas will do things a little different. First of all, I would have to say all mid range restaurants in Corpus Christi are more expensive than other areas, maybe any other areas. I knew this to be true years ago where the chains have the highest prices here than anywhere else in the country. To say it is expensive is a little mis leading. It's comparative as I mentioned in my Green Papaya review (owned by the same family - different members as this one)
I included my pictures of my lunch, which I enjoyed very much, but the vegetarian Pho was over $13 each and the rolls were around $7-8 dollars for two good size rolls. If you are accustomed to fish sauce with certain spring rolls, I believe they use straight or close to straight fish sauce here . This is one of the differences I have not encountered at many other Vietnamese restaurants. I did not like the fish sauce, period. The peanut/or hoison sweet sauce was good. When going back we will probably go for lunch and get the soup and rolls. The rolls are EXCELLENT. They put cooked vegetables in them which is something I have never had again anywhere. Unique. I could live on those rolls. Not deep fried egg rolls, but sometimes called summer rolls. So good. (see the pictures) The soup had the fried tofu which I prefer the steamed, but it is not easy to find healthy food in Corpus Christi. They were very busy at lunch and I'm not sure they would appreciate special requests although I asked for beef broth instead of vegetarian. I am still not sure what I wound up with but it was good. The waiter said it was chicken.. ?
We went to Vietnam Restaurant for our anniversary dinner as well this trip. We got the summer rolls, a large soup to share (approx $20) which was good, nothing too memorable, and a fish special which was pricey (around $40), but again so is everything in Corpus Christi. I believe they try to use quality ingredients which I appreciate and forgive higher prices for. They had a lot of fish specials to choose from that all had interesting sauce/ toppings. I believe what we had was a sea bass with a coriander and artichoke heart topping. I don't remember. The fish came with a side of mashed potatoes which were good, not over creamy or unhealthy, at least they tasted that way.
The atmosphere is really nice for a Vietnamese restaurant. Clean bathrooms. Big room. Nice table settings. Pleasant staff.
When we went back for the lunch described above the restaurant was packed. I think most people that go there for lunch order what tends to be more familiar to Chinese type food so they miss out on the Vietnamese foods done well like the rolls. It's hard to tap this city, but it is very hard to find healthy food. I think my pictures tell a lot about the traditional foods, summer rolls and pho, although we did not try the beef or chicken pho , they were only available on the lunch menu only. They have a website with their menu, but not their hours. They are closed on Sunday as of this writing.
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