On a nondescript stretch of Sepulveda sits this Vietnamese (with some Chinese specialties) restaurant with a small indoor and outdoor seating area.  On this lunch day they are not even half-full but have a battalion of waiters at the ready.  Three waiters, seven patrons.  Odds seem good that the water glass will remain full.  That of course does not happen.

The Monster has come to get the Salt and Pepper Shrimp which have been recommended to him.  An order of chicken spring rolls also seems like a good bet.  There is a blackboard with various lobster and shrimp specials but The Monster decides against totally overeating today in a rare display of self control.

The main course arrives before the appetizer and in record time.  It goes something like this: How about the Salt & Pepper…and then they arrive.  While Pho Show might not care about filling The Monster’s water glass they do apparently perform magic.

Given the shrimp are fried it makes The Monster wonder if this order has been prepared freshly.  They taste fried and salty and peppery so the name is not a lie.  Salty, fried, peppery things tend to taste pretty good.  With bits of garlic and onion and a dash of Sriracha it’s a guarantee you’ll neither be kissing anyone after eating this dish nor kill your job interview so keep that in mind if you decide to order it.

And then the spring rolls come, a very large order of them with a decent peanut sauce (could stand to be a bit thickened and even a tad more peanuty).  They are lots of veggies and a bit of chicken but do taste fresh.      

Given the copious amounts of salt in the shrimp dish The Monster feels his fingers bloating, his mouth is dry and if he doesn’t get a glass of water he just might keel over.  Water still does not come.    

Right before The Monster leaves someone comes by and fills his water glass.  Cruel. 

Why go?  You like magic.

Monster rating: 3/5 Monsters

4349 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

(310) 398-5200

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