Located amongst an increasingly interesting cluster of bars, cafes and restaurants behind and beside Futagotamagawa’s Takashimaya department store, Giang’s is a classic mom and pop Vietnamese eatery.
Not the prettiest restaurant, but the cooking was good, the portions ample and the pricing fair. On this particular visit the majority of the patrons were Vietnamese or visiting Vietnamese-American family.
The husband and wife team man the kitchen and dining floor, resulting in a somewhat hurried approach to initial order taking and then over-long waits for drink delivery. Last orders at 9pm on a Saturday night didn’t go down well either…
Such minor gripes aside, a very pleasant meal marked by subtle flavours and fresh ingredients.
The stars of the meal were the papaya salad and the beef pho, while the spring rolls were not the best my dining partner and I have encountered – certainly not as tasty as the ones they serve at Huong Viet.
The bahn xeo, “Vietnamese okonomiyaki,” didn’t come across as well as those at Lotus Palace, either, although it was certainly much less oily and probably more authentic.
The 333 beer (served in a can) was good, too.