Pix from the V-Nam Cafe

Pix from the V-Nam Cafe

The pho is simpler than you sometimes find, with only two kinds of beef, while the broth is light and elegant, in the Saigon style. Throw in the sprouts, herbs, and chiles.

In the current Village Voice, my review of the East Village's V-Nam Café appears as a cartoon strip. The place is great, and here is further visual evidence.

Pix from the V-Nam Cafe

Crammed with shrimp, pork, and vermicelli and served with nuoc cham, the spring rolls are particularly good.

Pix from the V-Nam Cafe

The calamari is a bit boring, and the dipping sauce too sweet.

Pix from the V-Nam Cafe

Entrées come with a choice of salad or consommé, both excellent! The consommé, in particular, would do a French chef proud.

Pix from the V-Nam Cafe

The spicy green chicken curry is the second best entrée choice ...

Pix from the V-Nam Cafe

... while the red curry clay pot fish -- covered in caramel -- is nothing short of spectacular.

V-Nam Café 20 First Avenue 212-780-6020


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