My MBA classmates met for a reunion brunch. After spending so much time together in class and working on group projects, it's been an adjustment now that we've graduated and rarely see each other. With a variety of dietary needs to factor in, we ended up at Present Restaurant in Falls Church.
Silken Shawl Imperial Autumn Roll ($3.95) and Blue Paradise Seafood Summer Roll ($3.95)
The Autumn roll includes minced prawn and pork wrapped in a rice thread wrapper. To eat, wrap the roll in lettuce with mint and shredded carrot. The summer roll included pork, shrimp and crabmeat.
Special coconut shrimp appetizer with a coconut dipping sauce. Very good.
Frugally Green Spring Rolls ($3.95 for 2). Lettuce, mint, shredded carrot mixed with rice noodles in a rice paper wrapper.
Green Paradise Spring Roll without Pork ($3.95). Scallion, lettuce, mint, shrimp and rice thread in a rice paper wrapper.
Sophisticate Golden Chicken ($12.95).
Sleeping Duck on the Golden Pond ($9.95). Roast duck simmered with herbs, mushrooms and egg noodles.
Country Banquet Vermicelli ($8.95). Grilled lemongrass pork on rice noodles with crispy roll, mint, bean sprouts and carrots.
Pig at the Seaside Vermicelli ($8.95). Thick white noodles with crab meat, shrimp and pork in a light broth.
Haystack in the Field ($10.95). Assorted vegetables with rice noodles.
Hard-Working Piglet ($11.95). Ordered because of the name, it's clay pot carmelized pork ribs.
Calling the Mountain Dewdrops ($8.95). Fried tofu with sweet and sour tomato sauce.
It was great to catch up with everyone. For the vegetarian, the expansive Vietnamese menu fell a bit short. The items that really shone were mostly meat-inclusive dishes.