Orange County Vietnamese Restaurant Guide

A guide to mostly good Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County, California.

Archive for the ‘Over $12+ Pricey’ Category

Song Long – (714) 775-3724 – Westminster

Posted by k on October 29, 2010

Song Long – (714) 775-3724 – Westminster – 9361 Bolsa Ave # 108, 92683
Hours as of 10/2010 were open 7 days a week 9am to 9:30pm

French/Vietnamese style dishes but the Cha Ca Thanh Long (Ja Ka Ton Long) which is the sizzling curry fish served with fresh fragrant dill herbs where you also mix yourself with vermicilli noodle, greens. Has other Vietnamese staples like bun thit nuong. I tried the banh khot (Bun Caulk) here and it was not good. That is the round little half rice cakes served with mint and lettuce. For good banh khot I recommend going to Khanh Hoa instead.

This place is also known for baked goods so if you order a french steak type dish you get the warmed up french roll which is not too bad.

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Ajisen Ramen – Irvine – (949) 833-3288

Posted by k on October 21, 2010

Ajisen Ramen – Irvine – (949) 833-3288, 2700 Alton Parkway, Suite 145

This is one of many restaurants in a huge Japanese/Korean complex. The ramen soup was good although a little pricey.

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California Shabu Shabu – (714) 963-8844 – Fountain Valley

Posted by k on May 3, 2010

California Shabu Shabu – (714) 963-8844 – Fountain Valley – 18908 Brookhurst St, 92708 – www.calshabu.com

A crowded place where you go and have a hot pot type meal and cook your raw meat and veggies in the hot pot in front of you. Food was pricey and a little tasteless since everything was basically boiled but you feel virtuous in not eating any fried or greasy. The service wasn’t that great here. You wait for a LONG time and I didn’t find the young waiters very friendly. They were very busy and we had to repeatedly ask for things that should have been standard. I would not come here again due to the long wait and poor service I encountered on my last visit in 2010.

Posted in 3 star - Best Western, C, Fountain Valley, Japanese, Over $12+ Pricey | 1 Comment »

Xanh – Fountain Valley – 714-531-2030

Posted by k on June 7, 2009

Xanh – Fountain Valley – 714-531-2030

16161 Brookhurst St, 92708 http://www.xanhbistro.com

Fancy new artsy Vietnamese restaurant located in the Albertson’s shopping center, next to the Vietnamese Performing Arts Center. Food is presented in artsy, gourmet style and pricey, but tasty. I liked the greens soup with Chicken meatballs. The 5-spice spare ribs weren’t that great. I would come again to try something different but not easy on the wallet. Good place to take Americanos.

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Sakura – Huntington Beach – (714) 841-8885

Posted by k on April 12, 2009

Sakura – Huntington Beach – (714) 841-8885, 16871 Beach Blvd

Small, upscale Japanese restaurant serving Shabu Shabu, the boiled pot where you cook raw meat and vegetables at your table like a fondue pot. Run by Vietnamese owners so may not be 100% authentic Japanese.

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Todai – Westminster (714) 891-0081

Posted by k on December 8, 2008

Todai – Westminster (714)891-0081 – 2008A Westminster Mall, 92683

This is a seafood buffet that has an unlimited sushi bar and crab/shrimp/n’ various sea creatures that seafood lovers love. There’s also the typical Chinese non-seafood stuff like fried rice, orange chicken, miso soup for land animal eaters only like myself. There will be something for everyone but the biggest enjoyment will be for seafood/sushi lovers. They have an excellent dessert selection with made-to-order crepes.

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Hokkaido Buffet – (949) 851-5888

Posted by k on December 8, 2008

Hokkaido Buffet – (949) 851-5888 – 4200 Scott Drive, Newport Beach, 92660

This is a seafood buffet that has an unlimited sushi bar and crab/shrimp/n’ various sea creatures that seafood lovers love. There’s also the typical Chinese non-seafood stuff like fried rice, orange chicken, miso soup for land animal eaters only like myself. It’s comparable to Todai or Sumo – quasi-Japanese/Chinese buffets. There will be something for everyone but the biggest enjoyment will be for seafood/sushi lovers.

Posted in 3 star - Best Western, Buffet, H, Irvine, Japanese, Over $12+ Pricey | 2 Comments »

Casa Inka – Fountain Valley (714) 847-7555

Posted by k on September 9, 2008

Casa Inka – Fountain Valley (714) 847-7555 – 8610 Warner Ave, 92708

This is one of a few Peruvian restaurants I’ve visited in Orange County. Nice ambience but afraid it may not last since very few customers whenever I’ve been there. Wait service is slow but food is tasty if you like Peruvian food. The owner Angel is actually Cuban and stopped by our table to introduce himself, his Peruvian wife, Anna is the chef. They advertised $7 lunch specials so I tried that and was very disappointed that the portion of chicken was small like a single drumstick on a bed of cilantro rice. Guess that’s why it was only 7 bucks. Dinner was a little pricey but portions more generous.

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Thanh Restaurant – Irvine – 949-559-7788

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Thanh Restaurant – Irvine – 949-559-7788 – www.thanhrestaurant.com  15315 Culver Drive #140, 92604

Very clean and nicely decorated upscale restaurant befitting of it’s Irvine location.

Com Tam (Gum Tum) – translates to broken rice. A filling meal of rice with delicious grilled meat or seafood, served with pickled vegetables, sometimes with egg-foo-young patty or a fried egg. Drizzle the fish sauce all over and you’ve got a pretty tasty rice dish.

I like the Com Ga (Gum Gaah) – Chicken Rice from the Thanh (Ton)  restaurant in Irvine. They put these tasty thin onion ring-like strips over a generous portion of the salad.

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Brodard Chateau – Westminster (714) 899-8273

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Brodard Chateau – Westminster  (714) 899-8273  – 9100 Trask Ave, 92844 (Near Inn N’ Out on Magnolia Ave & Trask Ave) – www.brodard.net

Nem Nuong (Num Noong) – Spring rolls (not fried egg rolls). Rice paper sheets wrapped around lettuce, mint, pork with a peanut dipping sauce.

The original Brodard in Garden Grove made famous by their nem nuong rolls. Brodard Chateau, an upscale fine dining restaurant serves the same famous rolls and more.

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