One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Sac, this place offers large, steaming bowls of soup and traditional Asian dishes.. The Scene There's no ignoring the drab interior, relieved only by a tired leaf motif, which appears on the restaurant's dining room columns and walls. Then there's the funky cruise-liner effect caused by the portal-shaped windows around the room. But forgive Hoa Viet--the concentration is on the food, and as the restaurant's crowds attest, the decision appears to be a good one. Service is perfunctory and brisk, but the food arrives quickly and there's lots of it.
The Food Don't leave without ordering the egg rolls--they're flaky, crispy and surprisingly ungreasy--or the hearty and traditional charbroiled pork-ball and shrimp-paste cake with soft rice noodles. But the restaurant's claim to fame is its pho, a fragrant noodle soup that can be ordered with many different incarnations of beef, from skirt steak to tripe or meatballs. (03/00)