Kim Son Vietnamese Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2425 GUESS Rd

    Durham, NC 27705

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  • 919-416-9009

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Sadly ownership of Kim Son has changed twice since my family and I came to Durham in 2003 and it's quality has slipped with it but it is still far better than the over loaded with cheese pseudo greek/ italian food found throughout the state whatever that is supposed to be,the horrific thai and chineese, pizza joints that sell medium pizza's as larges and for the price of them as well! And lastly the horrible seafood restauraunts that sell three day old seafood when the ocean is a day away! North Carolina has a lot to learn about restauranteering and they could begin by learning from Kim Son which uses only fresh ingredients daily prepared with fresh oils one dish at a time!

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★★★★★

Sadly ownership of Kim Son has changed twice since my family and I came to Durham in 2003 and it's quality has slipped with it but it is still far better than the over loaded with cheese pseudo greek/ italian food found throughout the state whatever that is supposed to be,the horrific thai and chineese, pizza joints that sell medium pizza's as larges and for the price of them as well! And lastly the horrible seafood restauraunts that sell three day old seafood when the ocean is a day away! North Carolina has a lot to learn about restauranteering and they could begin by learning from Kim Son which uses only fresh ingredients daily prepared with fresh oils one dish at a time!

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I love the idea of a great little restaurant hiding in the middle of a not so nice area - the car dealer next door and the shady motel on the other side don't create the most inviting area - and I was hoping that the lack of being in a trendy spot might = authentic food at low prices. But unfortunately, this was not the case. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and the prices were decent (about $10-12 for main course item), but the food was surprisingly bland. Not bad - we ate it and would probably eat it again- but noticeably lacking spices and flavor usually found in Vietnamese cooking. All in all, the ambiance was nice, there was a nicely eclectic crowd, love that it is a small local business, and with many many items of the menu, perhaps we just chose the wrong two dishes, both of which were vegetarian choices, maybe that makes a difference.

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★★★☆☆

I love the idea of a great little restaurant hiding in the middle of a not so nice area - the car dealer next door and the shady motel on the other side don't create the most inviting area - and I was hoping that the lack of being in a trendy spot might = authentic food at low prices. But unfortunately, this was not the case. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and the prices were decent (about $10-12 for main course item), but the food was surprisingly bland. Not bad - we ate it and would probably eat it again- but noticeably lacking spices and flavor usually found in Vietnamese cooking. All in all, the ambiance was nice, there was a nicely eclectic crowd, love that it is a small local business, and with many many items of the menu, perhaps we just chose the wrong two dishes, both of which were vegetarian choices, maybe that makes a difference.

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A small family run establishment that serves traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The fresh spring rolls are the best in this area. No matter what you order it will be made fresh & served hot!!!! I would highly recommend this place!

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★★★★★

A small family run establishment that serves traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The fresh spring rolls are the best in this area. No matter what you order it will be made fresh & served hot!!!! I would highly recommend this place!

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Delightfully sketchy atmosphere. Fun traditional drinks. Best spring rolls in town - try the "make your own" option.

I think the pho is excellent, and I'm shocked by the suggestion for Lime and Basil, instead. The cut of meats is better at Lime, but the spice and flavour is severely lacking compared to Kim Son.

2
★★★★☆

Delightfully sketchy atmosphere. Fun traditional drinks. Best spring rolls in town - try the "make your own" option.

I think the pho is excellent, and I'm shocked by the suggestion for Lime and Basil, instead. The cut of meats is better at Lime, but the spice and flavour is severely lacking compared to Kim Son.

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I must say this place was pretty awful. They don't serve many of the traditional meats with the pho (tripes, tendon, fat brisket) which means the broth isn't made properly either.

The fish sauce was sour, and overly sweet... the bowl is miniscule and the price is high.

I'm used to pho places that offer pungent, savory broth in a huge bowl for about $6. This place definitely doesn't deliver.

Perhaps this place is acceptable if you have not been exposed to real vietnamese food, prepared for the vietnamese palate without cutting corners, but a pho place without so many of the traditional ingredients would be the laughing stock of any vietnamese community. Though the area seems to lack any superior vietnamese, other establishments still manage to do better than this one.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I must say this place was pretty awful. They don't serve many of the traditional meats with the pho (tripes, tendon, fat brisket) which means the broth isn't made properly either.

The fish sauce was sour, and overly sweet... the bowl is miniscule and the price is high.

I'm used to pho places that offer pungent, savory broth in a huge bowl for about $6. This place definitely doesn't deliver.

Perhaps this place is acceptable if you have not been exposed to real vietnamese food, prepared for the vietnamese palate without cutting corners, but a pho place without so many of the traditional ingredients would be the laughing stock of any vietnamese community. Though the area seems to lack any superior vietnamese, other establishments still manage to do better than this one.

Cons: bland, expensive, inauthentic

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I must say this place was pretty awful. They don't serve many of the traditional meats with the pho (tripes, tendon, fat brisket) which means the broth isn't made properly either.

The fish sauce was sour, and overly sweet... the bowl is miniscule and the price is high.

I'm used to pho places that offer pungent, savory broth in a huge bowl for about $6. This place definitely doesn't deliver.

I can only imagine that the rest of the reviewers (and in particular the so called Editorial) have not been exposed to real vietnamese food, prepared for the vietnamese palate without cutting corners... A pho place without so many of the traditional ingredients would be the laughing stock of any vietnamese community. Try Lime and Basil in Chapel Hill for a closer approximation of the real deal.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I must say this place was pretty awful. They don't serve many of the traditional meats with the pho (tripes, tendon, fat brisket) which means the broth isn't made properly either.

The fish sauce was sour, and overly sweet... the bowl is miniscule and the price is high.

I'm used to pho places that offer pungent, savory broth in a huge bowl for about $6. This place definitely doesn't deliver.

I can only imagine that the rest of the reviewers (and in particular the so called Editorial) have not been exposed to real vietnamese food, prepared for the vietnamese palate without cutting corners... A pho place without so many of the traditional ingredients would be the laughing stock of any vietnamese community. Try Lime and Basil in Chapel Hill for a closer approximation of the real deal.

Pros: none

Cons: , service, price

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Kim Son is a very good traditional Vietnamese restaurant. If you are looking for the expected spiced up foods though, it may not impress. The food is toned down to American standards, but all of the spices are available to customize as you please. The advantage is that you can taste the food, and it is great! Prepared while you wait you can taste the freshness and generally good flavor throughout. Highly recommend for lunch and the #50 is an excellent treat for dinner.

2
★★★★☆

Kim Son is a very good traditional Vietnamese restaurant. If you are looking for the expected spiced up foods though, it may not impress. The food is toned down to American standards, but all of the spices are available to customize as you please. The advantage is that you can taste the food, and it is great! Prepared while you wait you can taste the freshness and generally good flavor throughout. Highly recommend for lunch and the #50 is an excellent treat for dinner.

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Kim Son has exquisite food-delicately flavored, French-inspired, and very authentic. When in there, it seems that half the clientele is Vietnamese, and the other half are every other kind of people. Your food is prepared just for you, so it may take a while longer to get it, but since the appetizers are so good, it is worth the wait. Don't pass up the dessert, especially the flan. And ask questions about the food-the staff will help you find what works for you!

2
★★★★☆

Kim Son has exquisite food-delicately flavored, French-inspired, and very authentic. When in there, it seems that half the clientele is Vietnamese, and the other half are every other kind of people. Your food is prepared just for you, so it may take a while longer to get it, but since the appetizers are so good, it is worth the wait. Don't pass up the dessert, especially the flan. And ask questions about the food-the staff will help you find what works for you!

Pros: Inexpensive, good lunch specials, not fancy

Cons: not fancy, can be noisy

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Kim Son Restaurant is a great place to "try something different". The Pho (beef noodle soup) is the best in the triangle. My favorite is the Pho bo vien (beef noodle soup with meatballs). It is served with a side of beansprouts, hot peppers, basil, and a wedge of lime. You can add a little hot sauce to make the broth spicy and some plum sauce to make it sweet. The soup is perfect as is, but with adding the fresh sprouts, basil, lime, and sauces give variations to a meal that can be eaten everyday!

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★★★★★

Kim Son Restaurant is a great place to "try something different". The Pho (beef noodle soup) is the best in the triangle. My favorite is the Pho bo vien (beef noodle soup with meatballs). It is served with a side of beansprouts, hot peppers, basil, and a wedge of lime. You can add a little hot sauce to make the broth spicy and some plum sauce to make it sweet. The soup is perfect as is, but with adding the fresh sprouts, basil, lime, and sauces give variations to a meal that can be eaten everyday!

Pros: inexpensive, healthy, different

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Kim Son is a great place. Everything is fresh and made to order. The proprietors make sure that every customer is satisfied. I live in Raleigh, but I make it a point to drive to Kim Son whenever possible. I moved here from New Orleans 4 years ago and found myself very disappointed with the local vietnamese fare until I found this gem.

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★★★★★

Kim Son is a great place. Everything is fresh and made to order. The proprietors make sure that every customer is satisfied. I live in Raleigh, but I make it a point to drive to Kim Son whenever possible. I moved here from New Orleans 4 years ago and found myself very disappointed with the local vietnamese fare until I found this gem.

 

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