Vietnam Restaurant - Take-out and Eatsalem Night

Lucky readers! You are going to get a two-for-one deal with this article. This week I got take out from Vietnam Restaurant as well as dining in the restaurant.

My Chicken Pho at home

I started to feel a little under the weather on Tuesday and decided to take Wednesday off from work. On my way home I stopped by Vietnam Restaurant to stock up on comfort food and soup, so I could curl up on my chair and not leave the house until I felt better. I got the Chicken Pho and the #14 Bun with grilled pork and shrimp. They were both warm, delicious, and comforting. The pho came in three different containers to keep things fresh. There was a container of broth, one of noodles and chicken, and one with the vegetable condiments like jalepeno, bean sprouts, and fresh basil and cilantro. The broth was flavorful and salty, but the chicken was slightly bland. I would probably try a beef pho next time.

My second visit to Vietnam Restaurant this week was on Friday for the Eastsalem Night. Eatsalem Nights are going to be a regular event for socializing and trying out new restaurants. The restaurants on the list this time were both Vietnamese. We started at Vietnam Restaurant and they had set aside one long table for us. There were four adults and two children in our group. We spent quite a bit of time there and tried a few different dishes.

I definitely recommend the Salad Rolls (#2 on the menu and pictured above with the eatsalem sign). They come with a delicious peanut sauce and are filled with veggies, shrimp, pork, and noodles. I ordered my favorite again, #14 Bun with grilled shrimp and pork. Other people ordered Beef Pho, fried rice, and another noodle special that I didn't get to try. Everyone agreed that the broth in the pho was the delight of the dish.

They have very prompt service, although as we stayed quite awhile, we did have to call the server over when we were ready for a bill. When we were ready to leave, the server was very kind about cleaning up after the children and also was happy to split our check however we wanted it done.

All of my experiences at Vietnam Restaurant have been quite good, especially in the food department. The service is usually quite good as well, although every once in awhile you may find the owner's young (10 years old maybe?) son trying to help out. This is usually not the best service, but a funny experience, especially once his dad finds out what is going on.

Vietnam Restaurant (across from Rite-Aid downtown)
364 Center Street

Monday- Saturday 11am - 8pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm (Yes, open Sundays in downtown Salem!)


jeff said...

I know of three Vietnamese Restaurants in Salem... I didn't realize any of them were named "Vietnam Restaurant" however.

Where is it?

Rebekah said...

I added the information for where it is. Sorry I forgot to put that in originally. It is across Center St. from Rite-Aid, downtown. Next to Shutterbug in the little strip mall.

Anonymous said...

Uhhhhhh just wondering. This was an Eat Salem night, last Friday night at Vietnam Restaurant? Why wasn't it mentioned here? Maybe some of us would have liked to join.

I so often get the feeling that this blog is an exlusive little club. I've tried emailing reviews of restaurants and they never showed up here, but everyone else gets to have their review appear. Running jokes in the comments that make sense to only a few people, and blog-wide restaurant nights with not a word said to the pther readers..... well, correct me if I'm wrong. But I never saw Vietnam Restaurant Eat Salem Night mentioned anywhere in advance. Bummer.

Salem Man said...

You're right, we did a poor job promoting the event. There is going to be more Eat Salem Nights in the future and an Eat Salem Day at Word of Mouth on March 3rd. Hope we see you there.

KandN said...

Anonymous, I helped drop the ball on that one. It was a new idea that sounded like fun. Hopefully, we'll be on top of things next time.
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Rebekah said...

This was the first one of the EatSalem restaurant nights and was kind of a trial run. There will be more in the future and I'm sure they will be advertised. I'm sorry to hear that people felt left out, but hopefully that won't happen for the next one!

Chuck Bradley said...

I had Pho Ga (Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup). It was served in a large bowl with fresh Mint, Cilantro, Bean Sprouts and sliced JalapeƱo Peppers on the side. It was a very filling lunch for only $6. A weak tea was complimentary. Housekeeping needed attention but it was a good lunch. Service was acceptable.

Anonymous said...

The Vietnam Restaurant is for sale per this Craigslist ad:

I think it is the best Vietnam food restaurant that Salem has.

Rebekah said...

Sad. I love this restaurant and I hope all is okay with the family who runs it.

Anonymous said...

They are still open. I went last night, had a huge dinner, more than I should have ate, and it was GREAT! If you have never been, they are open for lunch & dinner, and the strip mall has a parking lot right in front. It is just down from the Tmobile store.

If you have never had the iced Vietnam coffee with milk, this makes an excellent dessert at the restaurant. It is like drinking an ice cold glass of dark chocolate coffee. Yum!