This week South Philly Review resident restaurant critic Phyllis Stein-Novack revisits La Viet (1019 S. 11th St.) and finds a whole lot to love. It had been three years since PSN had dined at La Viet and she was more than pleased to find that they now have a liquor license as well as some happy hour deals. Sleek decor won points as well as a not overpowering soundtrack: "The music playing on the sound system provided the right background for patrons. Edward and I could actually enjoy our conversation."
Summer rolls ("not-at-all gluey or gummy") and a perfectly seasoned shrimp crepe made for pleasant starters.
We're going to go ahead and assume that PSN visited la Viet during last week's heat wave making ordering a steaming bowl of soup a bold move. "I can eat soup on a brutally hot, sultry summer evening because I am and always will be a soup girl." A bowl of pork wonton soup was full of homemade chicken broth as well as a vegetable that PSN refers to as "the Asian version of rapini." But it was the wontons themselves that really impressed: "If I could give an award for wontons, Le Viet easily wins. The wrapper was thin and translucent, but kept its shape as I bit into it. Sometimes the pork and shrimp are overcooked and turn to mush. These little packages retained a fine texture."
Bone-in spare ribs achieved a fine balance of salty and sweet.
After a very successful revisit La Viet earned a stellar four tips of the toque making it a spot where PSN will return again and again.
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