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BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Minneapolis 2008 - Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 University Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55104

651-222-3301

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Great pho is the foundation of any respectable Vietnamese restaurant, and Ngon Bistro has it in spades. The soup's beef broth is subtle, slightly sweet, oniony, and anise-flavored. It can be ordered as simply as with rice noodles and chicken, or as an all-beef blowout of thin-sliced beef, both lean and fatty; homemade beef balls; tendon; and tripe. The rest of the menu is a mix of solid basics—spring rolls, broken rice plates—and fusion dishes, such as mung bean cheesecake and seared scallops with coconut rice. While the flavors are as good as you'd expect, the dining room is even better: sunny and airy, with golden walls, blond bamboo floors, and breezy patterned curtains that give it a French colonial feel. It makes one wonder, how is it that a bowl of pho this good can be served in a room this beautiful, and cost just seven bucks?

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duytran
duytran

I need the form for jobs under 18 years old.please I need the job at there for my life. i need some money for next year, i 'll work at there on summer. can you give me apply my form on there, i hope i will be work at there can you give me the for my jobs.? please

thank you so much

eoin
eoin

not sure if i agree with this choice at all. Ngon is a nice setting and they use high quality meats, but that's where they stop being anywhere near "the best". i've eaten at literally every notable vietnamese joint in the twin cities, chicago and even a few in nyc (neither city compares!) and Saigon wins, hands down. They've THE most consistent and best balanced broth for their pho. Their banh mi is second to none and every other item on the menu (vermicelli salads, tofu bowls, etc) are exquisite. Pho Tau Bai on Nicolett comes in a distant second.

Phong Khang
Phong Khang

I wouldn't consider Ngon the best Vietnamese restaurant. If you want authentic Vietnamese dishes then look elsewhere (Saigon, Pho Cadao, etc). The pho has definitely been Americanized. I was dissapointed when my bowl of pho didn't contain any tripe or tendon. Absent was also the usual side bowl of herbs, lime, etc. that other Vietnamese restaurants provide. All your left with is a plain bowl of $7 pho. But I have to admit that the restaurant setting is definitely hip and upon entering you wouldn't think it was a Vietnamese restaurant. The setting seems more fit for Italian or french cuisine. The old saying still holds true, the dirtier the Vietnamese restaurant the better the pho.

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