It may not be that proper for me to review this place yet, as my husband and I only had one dish - the grilled plate for two which came with shrimp, pork, and beef along with a variety of veggies and condiments, to be wrapped up in rice paper sheets with noodles.
But it was one of the best meals I've had in Germany, hands down. I'm not an expert on Vietnamese food, but I've had my fair share in the Bay Area, and this was as good as anything I've had at home, including the much-missed Le Cheval in downtown Oakland. Given how terrible most Asian restaurants can be here, I feel it's worth the 5 star rating, even though by "Bay Area" standards it would probably be closer to 4.
The ambiance is airy and colorful, the service is better and friendlier than you commonly find in Germany. Decent wine selection, too. The only drawback is the price - it's not particularly cheap. But it was worth it!
it's as haute-cuisine as vietnamese food will be!
the name of the restaurant is the latitude that divided vietnam between the north and the south. when i realized what the name meant, i was pretty sure the food would be good because the owner(s) is probably very proud of his roots. (or maybe i am reading too much into this!)
we walked in thinking it would be easy to get a table, but we quickly realized that this place is very popular. we had to settle for ordering out - everything was delicious! we didn't get to try the pho because they didn't have the container for take-away. our german guy who has never had vietnamese food was impressed.
the decor is clean, simple, and natural - just like southern vietnamese cuisine. the lanterns look like they are from hoi-an.
it's a beautiful place with good food.
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