Irene and I love Vietnamese food for the abundance of fresh vegetables incorporated into their dishes as well as their simple and clean flavors. A friend suggested I try out Ba Noi, so when I spotted a deal on MetroDeal, and seeing the reasonable price, I bought one coupon.
We were led to our seats, we reserved for four earlier in the week but Lauren decided she wanted to join us also, the waitstaff made some adjustments and we were seated promptly after. We had a set meal courtesy of the coupon so the only thing we ordered was something for Lauren.
Watermelon Shake. (P90)The drink was included in our set, I like watermelon so it was fine for me. Cold and refreshing just as it should be.
Cha Gio (P190). The spring rolls were small but full of fillings, with a surprise crunchiness brought on by the black fungus, an unusual ingredient, its the first time I’ve had it in a spring roll. There’s an option to wrap the spring rolls in the lettuce and basil, served on the side. I did both and either way is good with a little Nuoc Nam (fish sauce/patis).
Mien Ga (P195) was served next, I was actually a little disappointed since I was expecting Pho, a dish that is synonymous with Vietnamese cuisine. The noodle soup was nothing spectacular, I should return to try their Pho.
Suon Nuong Xa (P245). A few pieces of pork riblets with a light lemon grass taste. It was nicely grilled with some crispy parts and went well with the white rice. The sauce was the usual soy sauce and chili.
Bu Nuong (P295). We ordered this one for Lauren but it was not well received probably because of the lemon grass taste. I finished most of it, some pieces were tender but I encountered 1 or 2 with tough parts but the flavor was real nice.
Banh Dan Lung (P135). This is the first time I’ve tried this dessert ever, and I liked it a lot. I did not know what to expect with the dessert so I was surprised there was mung bean filling inside. It felt like eating a soft and smooth pandan hopia but much much better. The sesame seeds and coconut cream were nice touches that added depth to the flavor.
The meal was quite worth the price we paid, P445 for 2 people, I don’t know if Ba Noi’s is really authentic, but the flavors are good, prices are not bad. We enjoyed ourselves but feel the need to go back and try what we want.
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