Da Nang Quan [Oakland]
I noticed a new name at the former Bun Mang Vit Than Da on E 12th St and 6th Ave in Oakland and stopped in for a quick bite. I ordered the chanh muoi (salty lemonade) and mi quang.
The mi quang was a very refreshing meal on a hotter than usual day, and very filling for a medium portion at $7.25. The turmeric stained yellow hofun were served with two perfectly cooked shell-on shrimp, pork riblets, and chicken slices in a light broth, with just the right amount of peanuts and scallions. The accompaniments included lettuce, tailed beansprouts, lime, mild chilis, and banana blossom slices, along with fish sauce and housemade chili sauce. It was all very well balanced. I'll be back, particularly for some specials I haven't heard of, such as wild boar, deer, and hen xuc banh trang (baby clams with vietnamese chips). The bun bo Hue looks good in yalp pictures, too.
I was there on the 20th.
The Bún bò Huế was pretty good, strong Lemongrass, smooth dense Blood Cubes, not much Tendon(if any), pretty mild Chili wise(unlike Ao Sen), nice slice of Shank and pepper tasty little Force Meat Quenelles(which I have never seen in this dish before).
The every thing in the Mì Quảng was good but the Broth was very weak. I still think the best version of this Dish in Oakland is a Phở King.
The garnishes were very nice as ...tm... said.
The space looks nice but if it ever gets busy the noise level will be Ear Shattering. Not one surface that could absorb noise and a big TV to boot.