Would we go back:
2719 Nicollet Avenue
• Spring Rolls $1.95
• Caramelized Shrimp and Rice $7.25
I can not even tell you how many people are amazed that we have not been here yet, one of my co-workers has asked numerous times even going as far as telling us to throw out the basket and just go to Quang's. Throw out the basket? How could we function without the basket? Not going to happen. Finally this week was the week. I thought for sure it would be good, but for the amount of time we were going to have to wait for a popular restaurant like this on Eat Street there is no way it is going to be as good as it has been heralded to be.
Of course, I am often wrong. We decided to go around 8:30 that evening to miss the crowd and that worked beautifully. Honestly, though, if I had waited for an hour for the caramelized shrimp, it would have been worth it. They were amazing. Every part of the dish was amazing. I don't know how they do it, but they are truly heads and shoulders above the rest of the Vietnamese restaurants in the city. Amazing!
I would highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone, please don't do as we did and wait too long.
• Meatballs and Rice Noodles $6.25
Run, don't walk, to Quang. This is the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Twin Cities that we've been to, hands down. Along with King’s Buffet, we've been to two great Asian restaurants in 2002. It just makes me wonder what took us so long to go there.
The shrimp spring rolls were excellent. They were fresh, tightly wrapped, and accompanied by two very good dipping sauces.
The meatballs and rice noodles were good as well. The meatballs were a tightly packed and finely ground, almost the consistency of a hot dog (but so much better!). This made them difficult to eat with chopsticks. But the spices and grilled flavor made them wonderful. Ten meatballs evenly divided on two skewers was a little slice of heaven.
The rice noodles that provided the base for the meatballs were also fantastic, but different from what you might expect. The rice noodles stuck together and had the consistency of an egg omelet. To compensate, the chefs slice the circle of rice noodles into triangle slices, making it manageable with chopsticks. As with the shrimp rolls, the meatballs and noodles were fresh and delicious. Do not hesitate to try this no-frills Vietnamese gem on Nicollet Avenue.
December 7, 2002