I’m not sure what took so long but I’ve been meaning to try Café Trung Nguyen for ages. There is a lot of good Vietnamese spots in town but no one ever mentions CTN. They’re a few doors down from Icy Bar.
The inside is no frills (a couple TV’s playing sports) but almost all of the customers dining in were Vietnamese. A very good sign indeed. The green walls and the music is almost like being back in Vietnam. They drop off a large jug of tea to your table.
The menu is short and sweet; pho, hu tieu, rice and beverages. I’m not sure what their specialty is but based on what’s displayed on their front windows, go with the dac biet, bun mam, BBH, chao long, bun rieu or bun mang vit.
We dropped in on a Wednesday afternoon (around noon) for lunch.
Portions of meat were quite generous. Nothing really to complain about. A satisfying bowl.
Bun bo hue (#17) ($13.50)
Pork blood, beef slices, ham, onions and green onions. My buddy R thoroughly enjoyed. Good spice level and slightly oily broth (as it should be). He’s had a lot of BBH’s and this one he was impressed with. I will have to try it next time.
Second time we dropped in for lunch on a Thursday.
Duck includes the bones but I was surprised to see three chunks of pork blood.
Broth was okay but wasn’t as satisfying as the other bowls we’ve had. Bamboo shoots were crunchy but almost flavourless.
Will come back to try a few more dishes. CTN’s worth a visit if you want some homey Vietnamese food.
Café Trung Nguyen