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Jul 14, 2009 07:59 PM

vietwest now in Calgary North Centre

I wanted to tell you how excited we were to find that a great Vietnamese restaurant moved into our neighbourhood.

vietwest restaurant (formerly on 2nd Avenue) has just officially opened on 5616 4th St. NW and we couldn't be happier. In the last week we have eaten there 4 times, choosing different dishes each time and all were great. They have the standard list of Vietnamese offerings but the flavour is intense and the spicing right on. It is a family-run operation; Mom in the kitchen, Dad (Larry) out front or their daughter. All very friendly.

The salad rolls are extremely fresh, especially the Satay Beef ones (Larry said they have to make them to order or the delicate wrapper disintegrates with the heat of the satay beef). The soup broths are fragrant and rich -- I took the leftover broth home last night & when I went to heat it up for lunch today, it was totally jellied -- a great sign of a well-prepared broth).

They have a few interesting combos as appetizers which might do a light eater for a full meal -- #8 is 2 Lalot beef rolls, 2 spring rolls & 2 shrimp salad rolls -- #7 is 2 grilled shrimp skewers, 2 spring rols & 2 shrimp salad rolls. All were great.

They also do great subs - crispy rolls filled to the brim with various tasty ingredients. There's a small vegetarian section, as well as buns and rice dishes.

Hope you can give them a visit sometime -- they deserve it.

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  1. There used to be a great family-run vietnamese restaurant called Viet-West on the corner of 12 Avenue and 2 Street SW. It was our office favourite until the building management forced them to close due to area redevelopment over a year ago. I know you mentioned 2 Ave, but is there any chance this might be the same place? I'd be overjoyed to find out they moved near my home!

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    1. re: jenn_g

      Hi Jenn-g --

      As far as I know, it's the same place. The owner is a very friendly guy called Larry, but I can't remember the rest of the family's names. Larry's wife (and possibly his mother or mother-in-law) do the cooking and the daughter serves when needed.

      My son & his family were just out visiting from Montreal where they have oodles of great Vietnamese restaurants. We took them to Vietwest for our farewell dinner and they all loved their food. The teenagers & mom are vegetarians and found lots of veggie food to choose from and my son likes his meals hot! and had absolutely no complaints.

      Service was great even though it was the holiday Monday and the restaurant was pretty full when we arrived about a half-hour before closing. We stayed about 10-15 minutes after it had closed but you couldn't tell -- there was no effort to get us out -- and Larry was just as cheerful when we left as he always is.

      If I seem to go on about this place, it's because we are really happy to finally have a super Vietnamese resto close to us and hope they stay a long, long time. Every time we go there, we see more and more people in the pl;ce so I think it's likely it will be successful. I tend to eavesdrop on conversations as people leave and mostly what I hear is "We loved your place before and are so happy to find you close to us." or just "We're so happy that you moved here."

      1. re: clibbob

        Thanks clibbob! That might have been me you heard gushing at the restaurant! I went and tried it last week and was thrilled to find out it is the same owners. They have vastly improved on the menu selection and decor, while still keeping the same quick, friendly service and still having, in my opinion, the best vietnamese food in the city.

        Had the #7 appetizer platter you mentioned above, with a BBQ pork bun bowl. Their BBQ pork is so thick and always cooked perfectly! My husband had a vermicelli bowl as well, with sate beef, shrimp and spring rolls. Finished our meal by sharing the deep fried banana and ice cream. The whole meal for 2 was only $30 + tip. I know this place will become a regular stop for me once again.

        Thanks so much for your post that made me find them again!