Anh, Sept. 22, 2005

363 3rd Ave. (bet. 26th and 27th)

Another neighborhood joint, this satisfies our immediate Vietnamese cravings. We don't stray from what we've come accustomed to on the menu for two reason. The first is that the service at this place is pretty much always awful though we don't ever expect much and nor should anyone that goes here. Secondly, we've been happy with what we usually get and often when we stray from what we are used to, the results aren't always for the better. And to add to that...we sometimes get bad versions of the dishes we do know. So as you can tell, consistency is often an issue at Ahn.

What we do order is usually the following:

Cha Glo (Crispy Spring Rolls)
Suon Chien (
Pan Seared Tender Pork Marinated w/ Lemongrass, Scallion, Sesame Seeds, served w/ Vinaigrette Cucumber, Mango & Lime Dipping Sauce minus the peanuts)

Ca Cuon (Soft rice paper roll with ahi tuna with rice vermicelli)
Bo La Me (Grilled beef wrapped in camphor sesame leaves served with lettuce and fresh herbs and muoc cham)
Bo Lui (Grilled beef brochette with peanuts and onions over angel hair rice noodles)
Ga Nuong
(Oven roasted lemongrass chicken with scallion lime dipping sauce)

On this particular evening, we had dinner with Donald, aka Dawg, who also joined us at Deborah. What he had, that we happened to try as well, were all pretty good. He had:

Tom Cuon (Grilled Jumbo Shrimp Wrapped in Soft Rice Paper w/ Vermicelli, Fresh Herbs)
Ca Chien Don (Crispy Red Snapper w/ Spicy Chili Lime Sauce)

Everything was fine with two exceptions. Danna, who always asks to have the peanuts removed from her pork dish (for texture issues, not allergies), never ever gets her request taken seriously. So everytime, I mean EVERY time, they have to make it over. If you have a peanut allergy, well, you shouldn't eat Vietnamese to begin with, but do NOT eat here.

Also, be wary of their tuna. On this recent visit, I had a completely awful version of Ca Cuon. It was unedible and I mean, unedible.

Don't expect to be blown away, but if you live in the area and need a Vietnamese fix for a fair cost, it will suffice.


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