Would we go back:
394 University Avenue
• Spring rolls (pork and shrimp)$4.50 (shared)
• Gilled marinated pork noodle salad (#88) - vermicelli noodles, lettuce, mint leaves, cucumber, house sauce $7.95 (shared)
Wow, what a beautiful restaurant. You walk over a pond to get to the dining room, it is amazing.
I wish I had tried a more adventurous entree, I saw the noodle salads and I stopped right there. It was good, but not any better than many others I have had in the city.
I think this would be a great place if you live in the neighborhood, or if you just want to dine in beautiful surroundings.
• Curry beef $9.25
Mai Village is a nice Vietnamese restaurant in a neighborhood full of great Asian restaurants. The difference is that Mai Village is in a newly renovated, slightly upscale space. It’s one of the few upscale locales in the neighborhood and it’s a little more comfortable. (Side note: in a recent conversation with a friend of ours, we discussed how in New York City, there would be people wait in line around the corner for great back alley Asian food, but this is St. Paul).
I was happy with the food. It may not be the best in the Twin Cities, but everything’s fresh and prepared well. The spring rolls were tasty, and the curry beef had a good flavor. You can tell they use high quality meats and seafood. Moderate prices keep this fine neighborhood restaurant solidly in the good category, well worth making it a standard if you live in the area.
September 17, 2005