Similar to Bodega Bistro and on the same block, Mangosteen is a Vietnamese restaurant that serves up much more than just pho. The decor is modern and appealing. If only the food was too.
We started with an appetizer of grilled quail, which the waitress made a show of bringing out to the table on a little rack with a even smaller flame underneath. The portion size was tiny. My boyfriend commented that even the quail in Vietnam aren't that bony. It came with a side of lime juice and a powdering substance that had an overwhelming taste of MSG. The garlic noodles tasted like plain boiled noodles, as if the chef had forgotton to add the garlic. One standout was the shaking beef- nice tasting and well seasoned. The whole fried tilipia fish wasn't anything spectacular, but decent.
Don't bother with their signature mangosteen berry juice. I love fresh mangosteen and was so excited about this but ended up with a $3 glass of cranberry juice.
Prices are a bit higher than what we expected for a Tenderloin Vietnamese restaurant. I'd prefer Bodega Bistro any day.