Vietnam Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 208 Dryden Rd Ste A

    Ithaca, NY 14850

    Map & Directions
  • 607-273-5030

About Vietnam Restaurant

Details
3.8 5
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Vietnam Restaurant was?
Write a Review
.

Before you even enter the building you can tell from looking into the windows that it's not an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. No hoisin sauce or siracha on the tables. Looking at the menu in the window offers a clue too: the signature Vietnamese dish, pho, isn't listed in its own category and only a handful of varieties are offered.

Once you order it gets worse. The spring rolls (cha gio) are tasty, but don't resemble Vietnamese spring rolls at all. The skin is too thick and the variety of ingredients in the roll doesn't much resemble a traditional Vietnamese spring roll. The dipping sauce (nuoc cham) is too sweet and doesn't taste right either.

The pho is even more disappointing. The broth is devoid of flavor. It's easy to tell that the soup was not cooked with beef bones for hours, and none of the proper spices such as star anise were used. It's served with lettuce instead of the plate of bean sprouts, basil, cilantro and mint leaves that usually accompany the dish. As mentioned earlier, the traditional condiments were not available on the table so I had to ask for them. No soup spoon was provided, and let me tell you, eating soup with a shallow tablespoon doesn't work too well.

It's unfortunate that this is the only "Vietnamese" restaurant in the city. I hope nobody mistakens this for authentic Vietnamese because this is NOT a faithful representation of the culinary culture at all.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Before you even enter the building you can tell from looking into the windows that it's not an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. No hoisin sauce or siracha on the tables. Looking at the menu in the window offers a clue too: the signature Vietnamese dish, pho, isn't listed in its own category and only a handful of varieties are offered.

Once you order it gets worse. The spring rolls (cha gio) are tasty, but don't resemble Vietnamese spring rolls at all. The skin is too thick and the variety of ingredients in the roll doesn't much resemble a traditional Vietnamese spring roll. The dipping sauce (nuoc cham) is too sweet and doesn't taste right either.

The pho is even more disappointing. The broth is devoid of flavor. It's easy to tell that the soup was not cooked with beef bones for hours, and none of the proper spices such as star anise were used. It's served with lettuce instead of the plate of bean sprouts, basil, cilantro and mint leaves that usually accompany the dish. As mentioned earlier, the traditional condiments were not available on the table so I had to ask for them. No soup spoon was provided, and let me tell you, eating soup with a shallow tablespoon doesn't work too well.

It's unfortunate that this is the only "Vietnamese" restaurant in the city. I hope nobody mistakens this for authentic Vietnamese because this is NOT a faithful representation of the culinary culture at all.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Not authentic in any way

.

The Vietnam Restaurant is a very small place that is a little off the main path, making it a little hard to find. That being said, it is certainly worth the little extra effort it takes. This restaurant offers some more unique food and another choice, especially for those living on the college campus. It is also one of the few places where someone can find something with some good spice to it. The biggest disappointment came from the single fan trying to keep the place cool on one of the hotter days during the summer, which is when I chose to visit. Nonetheless, on a nice day where ventilation isn't a problem, it is certainly a place to check out.

4
★★★★☆

The Vietnam Restaurant is a very small place that is a little off the main path, making it a little hard to find. That being said, it is certainly worth the little extra effort it takes. This restaurant offers some more unique food and another choice, especially for those living on the college campus. It is also one of the few places where someone can find something with some good spice to it. The biggest disappointment came from the single fan trying to keep the place cool on one of the hotter days during the summer, which is when I chose to visit. Nonetheless, on a nice day where ventilation isn't a problem, it is certainly a place to check out.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

The food is good, cheap, and fast. While the Pho is just okay, all the vermicelli (rice vermicelli) dishes are very good. The appetizers are also nice. The staff is friendly. This is a great place to get a quick meal.

2
★★★★★

The food is good, cheap, and fast. While the Pho is just okay, all the vermicelli (rice vermicelli) dishes are very good. The appetizers are also nice. The staff is friendly. This is a great place to get a quick meal.

.

This is the place to go with a friend for good food.
The menu has flavors for all tastes. Especially
good are the spring rolls served at room temperature.
They're addictive. Seating is limited. Take out is
available.

4
★★★★☆

This is the place to go with a friend for good food.
The menu has flavors for all tastes. Especially
good are the spring rolls served at room temperature.
They're addictive. Seating is limited. Take out is
available.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Try number 18 on the menu. It's the Seafood Noodle Soup. It might be pricey but it's well worth it. The Spring Rolls are excellent too.

2
★★★★★

Try number 18 on the menu. It's the Seafood Noodle Soup. It might be pricey but it's well worth it. The Spring Rolls are excellent too.

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Vietnam Restaurant, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review