We're lucky to have this authentic Vietnamese family run restaurant in Marin. Owners Hoa and KimSa Lam have opened Pho Viet with Cang Nguyen, Hoa's brother, managing daily operations with the former chef of Le Cheval in Oakland, Tan Le in the kitchen. Guests are always greeted warmly here and there always seems to be a stream of hungry fans coming in and out of the restaurant.
I was greeted warmly and urged to try the barbecued quail. I've had quail before and usually don't choose them because of their small-boned nature. I succumbed thinking that these must be something special to have them so enthusiastically offered. And that was the right choice. These temperature-hot pieces were so succulent and the tasty fresh lemon-pepper sauce did little to cool these, however it added a pleasant tang to the dish. I would order these again without prompting.
What I had my mind on when driving to lunch was the vermicelli bowl, this one was barbecue chicken with egg roll. Light and satisfying I was happy with my 'bun'. I actually had not planned to blog the visit, but thought that it was worth sharing and snapped these with my trusty phone camera without flash.
The staff also encouraged me to try their avocado shake, which was smooth and the little tapioca balls added fun and contrast to the drink.
The latest restaurant inspection results for Pho Viet are here.
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