Review: Xanh Restaurant (Mountain View)

Xanh Restaurant is a trendy Vietnamese restaurant on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. We walked there tonight for a late dinner and were very pleased. The place is hip and modern but serves traditional Vietnamese food. The decor is sleek and clean, and the setup is closer to a night club than to a restaurant. We got to sit outside; though it was a chilly night we kept warm next to the space heaters they had set up.

We started with the Glass Noodles with Dungeness Crab ($14): crab meat sauteed with cellophane noodles, scallions, shitake mushrooms, carrots, and fried shallots.

The crab was delicious, but the rest of the dish was rather plain. The lime juice added a much-needed kick. Though it looks small, once it was out of the cup it became much bigger. The crab was really the star of this plate, and I think there were other noodle dishes on the menu that might have been more exciting.

Next we got the… Papaya Salad ($10)! As usual, this dish was best part of the meal. Poached shrimp, green papaya, carrots, mango, cilantro, mint, and fried shallots topped with crushed peanuts and a light vinaigrette – it was perfect. I’ve never had mango in papaya salad but I absolutely loved it. This plate was fresh, clean, and fabulous.

We also got the Traditional Roll ($9): poached shrimp, rice noodles, green apple, lettuce, cilantro, mint, cucumber, and crispy shallots served with peanut sauce. This simple roll was light and refreshing, and the peanut sauce was smooth and sweet.

We passed on dessert; they had various sorbettos and mousses, and a particularly interesting Pumpkin Gelato inside a real pumpkin shell – but we were pretty full – maybe next time.

Overall I would recommend Xanh if you’re a fan of fresh, clean food and a stylish setting. There are many healthy options on the menu and most of the dishes can be made vegetarian on request. I’m looking forward to going back to try their other salads (grapefruit looked good), noodles, and soups. It’s not too expensive compared to other restaurants in the area, and the food plus the great service are well worth it. Throughout the meal the servers were very attentive and polite; they seemed happy and eager to help all of the guests.

8 Replies to “Review: Xanh Restaurant (Mountain View)”

  1. Vietnamese food is one of my all time favorites! Maybe #1…hard to say…anyways, that all looks absolutely amazing! It is definitely one of those cusines that I could live off of for the rest of my life if I had to. Easily. Have a great Sunday Magpie!

  2. I love Vietnamese food!! =)

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I’m glad to hear you enjoy vegetarian/vegan food. =)

  3. Gosh,I’ve never had Vietnamese food. My family *almost* moved to Vietnam (but ended up in Manila instead)… if we had moved there, I guess I would’ve eaten quite a lot of their cuisine. But there’ve got to be Vietnamese restaurants here in Texas. I think I’ll go google it right now :o).

  4. I just realized that we live in the same area! Lol. I commented on your menu and didn’t even realize it. I live in Mountain View. 🙂 Xahn has a nice, new location- I haven’t been to their new digs, actually, but I’ve walked by. Glad you enjoyed it.


  5. glidingcalm – thanks! I love it too 🙂
    romina – me too!
    chocolatecoveredvegan – wow, that’s awesome – I’ve always lived in the US. I’ve had great experiences when I ask for vegan or vegetarian dishes; they’re very accomodating. Go try it!
    seamaiden – any more recs for Mountain View? I only just moved here…
    melissa – it was awesome 🙂

  6. Definitely going to try this, Vietnamese food is great. Been to Pho Vy so far in Sunnyvale, also pretty good! Very interested in good restaurants at the moment, cause doing an internship for an online catering service. So thanks for your review!

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