Thursday, January 22, 2015

Monsieur Vuong, Berlin

Another place that was recommended to my by numerous people in Berlin, was Monsieur Vuong. When driving around Berlin, I noticed that there are numerous Vietnamese places. I haven't had that much Vietnamese food before, only in Amsterdam where I regularly went to Nghia Nghia for lunch (divine food, really). And now that I think of it I had some amazing Vietnamese food at Sudestada.  So my previous experiences with Vietnamese food + the fact that this place is really hyped raised the expectations quite a bit. 

When we walked in on that Monday night, the place was packed. Surprising, as it was nearly 10 pm already. When you walk in you're greeted with hot bowls of soup, filled to the brim. A nice welcome! The interior on the other hand might be a love-hate thing. The orange-red walls are incredibly bright and really in-your-face, and it kind of sets the mood. This isn't a place where you sit for hours and drink another glass of wine after dinner while chatting. 

Now let's talk about the food! Though it took us a while to get the staff's attention to order, our food literally arrived within five minutes after ordering. We had chicken pho:

Glass noodle salad with chicken

Pho with beef

Pho with dumplings

The glass noodle salad was my order, and I wasn't really blown away by it. The ingredients were fresh and combined well, but there's wasn't anything particularly great about it. With Vietnamese food I expect a bit more of a flavour explosion, or at least something that's interesting to the taste buds, but this wasn't really. I tried all dishes and I must say that the beef pho was the tastiest of them all. It's the kind of thing you want to eat when it's freezing outside, but still don't want to eat something heavy.

My jasmine iced tea was super tasty and refreshing!



All-in-all, I wasn't too impressed with the food. Maybe my expectations were too high? Maybe we went on an off-night? The reviews I've read are all super positive so I'd like to believe we were just unlucky. The food is fresh, it's quick and light, but it's nothing very special. And for those prices, I'm sure that there's some better Vietnamese food in Berlin. I wouldn't say Monsieur Vuong is bad. On the contrary. But it just doesn't live up to the hype, which is a pity! 

If you're looking for a quick, relatively cheap meal in Berlin, try it out for yourself :) (info here)

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