Fried Spring Rolls
What this place lacks in decor and ambiance, it makes up for in authenticity and taste. Don’t be fooled by the dilapidated exterior of the building and the exposed kitchen and appliances indoors. They’re serving Vietnamese food miles beyond what you’ll find in Gwangju (those Vietnamese chain restaurants basically serve Korean food for twice the price).
Walking in, I was met by a small Vietnamese server and a handful of younger Vietnamese friends having lunch…always a good sign to see actual Vietnamese people in a Vietnamese restaurant. Rumors of Bahn Mi sandwiches proved false (possibly sold out?) (update: been back a couple of times and still no Bahn Mi sandwiches) so we opted for the litmus test of Vietnamese food: Pho and Spring Rolls.
It wasn’t cheap at 24,000 for two people, but two bowls of soup and a plate of spring rolls was more than enough to fill us up and ultimately well worth the price. Simply put, it was delicious. (The fresh spring rolls are better than the fried)
This place is also a mart selling Vietnamese snacks and ingredients. The mart is in the back, where you will also find additional seating. The best part is they sell fresh cilantro if you ask nicely…2,000 for a large handful.
The location is pretty easy to find as it’s close to the river, noodle street, and one of the most famous restaurants in town, SeungIl Shikdang (승일 식당). Here’s the google map link. Just in case, here’s the map from my phone: