The first time that we tried to check out this restaurant, they were unexpectedly closed on a Sunday. Fortunately, the next time that we visited again, it was open. Nam Vietnamese Restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant with elements of Cambodia and Vietnam located on the corner of Leslie Street and 16th Avenue in Richmond Hill (it’s right beside the newly expanded Fresh Burger).
I really liked the colourful decor and design of Nam Vietnamese Restaurant. It was a modern looking restaurant that had naturey elements. I think the staff there were of Vietnamese ethnicity as well.
My mom and I ordered a large bowl of beef noodle pho containing all the works (rare beef, brisket, tripe, tendon, and beef balls) in a beef broth braised for 8 hours, curry chicken with baguette, and an order of Nam’s dry crispy chicken wings with lime sauce.
The food arrived in a reasonable time. There was free wifi in the restaurant.
The Curry Chicken with Baguette (banh mi ca ri ga) was the first to arrive. It looked very authentic with the baguette arriving whole and not cut up into slices. The curry was really good! It was a nice consistency, not spicy at all, and full of mint and green onions. It was a really solid curry sauce that went really well with the crispy baguette. The pieces of chicken were decent too and there were chunks of potatoes. On the side of the plate, there were some pickled vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, and cabbage. When I ate the pickled vegetables together with the curried baguette and some chicken, it tasted so, so good! ^_^
The large bowl of beef pho (pho dac biet) soon arrived. The large size was indeed large and I liked how the broth was steaming hot and almost boiling when it arrived at the table. There were a lot of meat in it (rare beef, brisket, tripe, tendon, beef balls) and the pho noodles were the thin ones. It tasted really good. I especially liked how the rare beef arrived raw and actually red in colour. When you dipped it into the steaming hot soup, it quickly cooked in the soup. It was so tender and delicious. I especially liked the beef tendon — the pieces were large and so soft and melted in your mouth when you ate it.
The order of Nam’s dry crispy chicken wings with lime sauce (canh ga chien) was a little disappointing. There were only 7 chicken wings in the basket. For a price of $7.90, my mom thought the price was not justified. I was disappointed with the taste of the chicken wings. I thought they could have been more flavourful. Perhaps I should try the chicken wings with their special house sauce next time.
All in all, I was quite impressed with this new-ish Vietnamese restaurant. I truly believe that their food was authentically made from Vietnamese recipes. I would love to come back and try their other dishes. 🙂