I think this is it.
This is the last restaurant in Richmond that everyone in the family will have no objection going to.
For those of you who does not know by now, the only places that Arkensen and Nanzaro wants to go dining out is to any Vietnamese or Japanese restaurant AND that it must be in Richmond. They hate driving far from home. They just want to go eat and be done with … and then go to Best Buy or Future Shop.
And then Suanne does not like Japanese, particularly sushis which the boys love. So that ends up with a choice of only Vietnamese restaurant in Richmond.
I think we had visited every single Vietnamese restaurant in Richmond already … except for this one. I think this is the last of it.
The Villa Vietnamese Cuisine is located on Bridgeport Road just east of where The Brick is.
We spotted this restaurant a couple months ago while driving past this area. We couldn’t find any reviews on the internet at all then and soon after we forgot about this. It was Suanne, who was confronted with going to a Japanese restaurant, brought up this place.
So we went. It wasn’t too good when we pulled into the small strip mall with a virtually empty parking lot. This was supposed to be peak lunch time on a Saturday. At this time the restaurants in Richmond are full and bustling.
However, the insides is very unlike the typical Vietnamese restaurants we had been to. This one is modern and clean. At a glance one would least suspect this is a Vietnamese restaurant.
The restaurant is rather small and seats about 24 people. They can surely fit more people but instead chooses to give a wide space in between tables.
This is a new restaurant. They had just been opened for 8 months which partially explain why they are … relatively unknown. The waitress told us (without us asking) that their customers are mainly Caucasians. All of their other customers are indeed Caucasians and they seems to be regulars too judging by how chatty they were with each other.
Service is friendly. The moment the waitress saw our camera, she was asking if we are “journalists”. Hehehe … I said no, we are not journalists and that we like to take pictures of our food. She just said “OK” with a tone like she was not convinced. She let us be.
They have a very nice looking menu with pictures and all … except that they uses generic pictures to represent the dishes. LOL! For instance, there was a picture representing the “Lemongrass Chicken or Pork Noodle Soup”. I could see straight off that the menu is westernized a bit although all the dishes are what you typically find in a Vietnamese menu.
The bean sprout were strangely icy cold. This is the first time I had come across this served so cold. Something tells me that they perhaps kept this in the fridge to have it last longer.
Suanne ordered the Lemon Grass Pork Noodle Soup ($7.25) and she asked that the pork chop to be served on the side. She doesn’t normally do that but I think she learned to do that every since we had the lunch in BT Cafe.
The noodle soup is small size with two types of vegetables and a clear broth. While there was a lot of of the pork chop, we find that it was just lightly charred.
For me, I had the Deep Fried Fish with Curry Sauce on Vermicelli ($8.25). I was told I could also have rice in place of the vermicelli but I stuck with the vermicelli.
This was not exactly what I had in mind although the combination of deep fried fish with curry sauce and vermicelli does sound appealing. But frankly, I am not surprised that it came out this way. Yeah, blame me for being a Vietnamese food snob. He he he … this is just too pretty looking, especially with the piece of broccoli. It is just that I had a certain expectation, that’s all.
The sauce was very slightly spicy. What is good is the three big slices of fish. I thought that in place of broccoli, potato will probably be a better compliment for curry dish.
The vermicelli served is the thicker version, like the ones used to make Bun Rieu. The taste overall can be described as single dimension. Straightforward tastes without complexity of flavours kind of thing.
Nanzaro opted for the Curry Chicken with Vermicelli ($8). This is virtually the same as mine. The sauce seems like it came from the same pot. It is a creamy smooth type of curry.
Arkensen got the House Special Pho ($7.25). The broth is clean and clear. Arkensen said it needs more meat and flavour.
Yeah, I wasn’t too particularly impressed with it. There are many places that could serve better ones.
Are you surprised that Villa accepts credit cards? It had been a long time since we come across a Vietnamese restaurant that does that.
Villa Vietnamese Restaurant is Asian owned and operated but they do cater to a different palate. For those of you yearning for authentic Vietnamese food, I think this will not meet your expectations. But if you are less adventurous this might fit the bill.
Below is the list of all the Vietnamese restaurants we know of in Richmond. Did we miss any? Anyway, I would love to see what are your favourite Vietnamese restaurants in Richmond. Mind taking a few moments to vote? You can click as many of the restaurants you wish.
Green Lemongrass [chowtimes review] (41%, 31 Votes)
Thai Son [chowtimes review] (39%, 30 Votes)
Pho Lan [chowtimes review] (22%, 17 Votes)
Pho Tai Hoa [chowtimes review] (16%, 12 Votes)
Pho Viet [chowtimes review] (14%, 11 Votes)
An Nam [chowtimes review] (9%, 7 Votes)
Hue Cafe [chowtimes review] (7%, 5 Votes)
Pho 99 [chowtimes review] (5%, 4 Votes)
Pho Queen [chowtimes review] (5%, 4 Votes)
Pho Cao Van [chowtimes review] (4%, 3 Votes)
Saigon City [chowtimes review] (3%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 76