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Monsoon--pricey food and not authentic Vietnamese food. - Review by Cam N | Monsoon Restaurant

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Monsoon--pricey food and not authentic Vietnamese food. 4/7/2006

I've heard great things about Monsoon, how the food is great and the service is exceptional. I decided to try it out with my fiance. We had reservations, but the wait to be seated was about half an hour! By that time I was starving and any little free bread would have helped. I waited and waited, and finally, after waiting for 20 minutes the waiter came and took our order! We weren't even offered water during that wait period. I was pretty annoyed by that time. We've decided to order the catfish in clay pot and a vegetable dish with rice. Our food didn't come for another 20 minutes. Finally, when it came, I realized how small the portions were. My fiance and I looked at each other and was like, maybe we need to order more. We decided that if were to order another dish it might have taken another half an hour. We just settled on what we have. Now, moving on to the food, the clay pot catfish costs us $18, and it was good, but I've had better at the Vietnamese restaurants in the ID for $8. The veggies (rau muon xao toi) which was supposed to be the traditional Vietnamese dish didn't turn out to be very traditional. It was just plain veggies stir fry with olive oil and some garlic. Not as tasty as what I remembered it be. After paying, we felt for unsatisfied with our food and still hungry. Although the decor is nice but the service was horrible and the food was really just mediocre. I don't think I would ever come back. If I wanted good Vietnamese food, I would go any of the restaurants in the ID. more
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