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Member Reviews (2)
- Thien AnMember ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7First to ReviewSep 07, 2013
I really enjoyed this place. Its like no other Viet spot I have ever been to. Its specialties are catfish, the 7 courses of beef, and what I can only describe as a Vietnamese bbq kinda thing.
Regardless of what they call it; This place is rocken around the table of NOM NOM NOM... We got a bunch of various items and it was all very tasty. Our party consisted of 4 adults and two 5 yr olds (the munchkin was present and accounted for)!
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The menu is fairly limited and its obvious why. There is no need to have a huge number of choices when all this stuff is good and its kinda locked in. You are here to pay for the protein. The veggies are huge, abundant, and free basically.
We ended up with 1 order of 7 courses of beef, 1 small catfish (the size of Montana, not quite Texas, but it was at least Montana-esque!), and 1 order of lemongrass marinated shrimp and steak. This grub comes with multiple plates of greens (mint, romaine lettuce, cilantro, etc) as well as several smaller plates of cucumbers, carrots, sprouts, and something I didn’t know the name of. To go with this spread, they provide special spring roll wrappers that you roll your grub into and eat it like a spring roll or mini Viet burrito (for those dorks who don’t have a clue what a spring roll is).
PRO TIP #2: For faster Catfish action, order ahead on the phone or when you arrive before being seated! The waiter stated it took 30 minutes to properly cook it!
Service was quick and without issue. Multiple water fill ups, extra napkins, everything was well handled quickly and efficiently.
Overall I preferred the Shrimp and steak with the lemongrass marinade (SUPER YUMMY) and I look forward to going back and having it again sometime. This place was well worth the cost and is easily accessible.
- Thien AnMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jan 10, 2013
Thien An may be the only place I've experienced 7 Course Beef before, but it set the bar pretty high. The best tip I can give is to go with someone who knows their stuff. Several visits later, I still haven't learned the art of wrapping a spring roll. Most of my friends just give up and end up making a "spring taco."
At $16.99 per order, don't expect to be overwhelmed with meat, but you'd be surprised how full you'll be after all 7 courses. We usually split an order of 7 course beef and a bun cha gio (vermicelli topped with egg rolls) between two people, and leave feeling stuffed. Feel free to order more rice paper, but vermicelli is an extra charge.
Finally gathered enough people to try the catfish recently, and that was rather disappointing. We ordered the large size catfish at about $50, and I just didn't think it was worth it. For a little more, I could have enjoyed a lobster from Newport Tan Cang Seafood!
Beware of the wait for dinner on weekends (make a reservation!). You know those Asian families love to get together and fight for the check!