Ever since Lynn moved to the Latin Quarter, she has discovered a plethora of inexpensive restaurants. She suggested a lively and crowded restaurant near her, Foyer Vietnam. It was best to arrive early she said and we should get there no later than 12:30. I was running late that day and Lynn held the table till I got there about 1PM.
The restaurant was full with people waiting to get in and Lynn was fiercely protecting my spot. I could see why: It was a no-nonsense Vietnamese restaurant with cheap prices and authentic, good quality food. We ordered the 3-course formule for 13.50 euros.
I started with the tangy, fresh Goi Ga/chicken salad, with cold chicken, crispy bean sprouts, cabbage, and slivered carrots with a pile of fresh mint on top. It had just enough dressing to make it flavorful without drowning it. My main course/plat was Bún chả giò, shredded beef and nems/spring rolls on a bed of rice noodles topped with peanuts, served in a deep white bowl. The nems were crispy without being the least bit greasy and I could here them crunching when I bit into them. Usually I find the portions at Asian restaurants puny and I am hungry and craving more when I leave, but the portion was so big I could hardly finish it. The beef was tender and chewy with aromatic spices. Lynn had squid and onions in a brown sauce and said it was good but a little tough, although she finds squid in general a little tough. Dessert was a trio of thin slices of candied ginger, small butter cookies, and those jelly candies with the sesame seeds on the outside. They were a light, sweet finish to the spicy courses before. The service was a little harried but efficient.
Foyer Vietnam may not be the most romantic setting or the ideal place to have a long lunch, but what it lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in the food. I can live without French fussy sometimes, and sometimes with my hectic schedule, I like to get in and out quickly but still have a satisfying lunch.
80 Rue Monge, 75005
Tel. +33 (0) 1 45 35 32 54
Lunch 12PM-2PM Dinner 7PM to 10PM closed Sunday
Metro: Place Monge
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