Review for: Mekong Delta Cafe
New downtown Vietnamese spot misses overall, but has potential. Went for lunch on Saturday and was informed that the chicken, pork and beef was unavailable as it wasn't done marinating. Um, ok, but that meant that the majority of the menu was unavailable. Opted for a grilled shrimp dish with vermicelli and the summer spring rolls.
As I waited (and waited) many diners came in and promptly left after being told of the MIA meats. I have no idea why the food took so long, but our lunch ended up weighing in at over 1.5 hours of frustrating idling. With only a few tables to serve and no explanation or apology, I sat and waited, occassionally glaring back at the kitchen. Minutes turned into nearly an hour before something edible arrived. First the spring rolls (generous shrimp but dry pork), then my grilled shrimp dish (nicely charred, huge shrimp, good flavor). To add insult to injury, my gf's dish arrived 15 minutes after mine, after I was finished eating.
The food overall was good, but nothing mind-blowing. I'd say it's slightly overpriced ($8.70 for my grilled shrimp dish). Don't expect amazing bargain prices here. Sure Mekong Delta is new, but they managed to make a majorly poor first impression. These days, that's a mistake that's almost unforgivable.
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