100 Best Restaurants 2009: Four Sisters
No. 26: Four Sisters
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
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Four Sisters
Address: 8190 Strawberry Ln. , Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-539-8566
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Shrimp toast; rice-noodle crepes stuffed with minced wild mushrooms; roasted quail with lime-juice-and-pepper “dip”; lotus-root salad; beef-stuffed grape leaves; grilled-pork vermicelli; Vietnamese coffee; lime soda.
Price Details: Appetizers, $3.50 to $9.50; entrées, $6.50 to $26.95.

Cuisine: The move to a new location after more than a decade at the Eden Center has reinvigorated this Vietnamese stalwart. The cooking has never been so good: Shrimp toast, a seeming throwaway, is transformed into a little masterpiece of flavor and crunch, while staples such as lacquered quail with lime and black pepper are rendered with newfound refinement. A likable place has grown into something more: a destination.

Mood: The staff is one of the best around, quick to explain the nuances and protocol of the cuisine for a novice (they’ll even keep a baby company), but comfort is now joined by style: The saffron-walled dining room with Monetlike paintings of Vietnamese villages and handsome mahogany booths and chairs is an unexpectedly soothing setting.

Best for: A relaxed afternoon lunch; group dining; parties.

Best dishes: Shrimp toast; lacquered quail with lime-and-black-pepper sauce; spring rolls; deep-fried scallops over baby tomatoes, lettuce, and onion; short ribs with onion; filled rice crepes, both crispy and gelatinous; bun, a bountiful array of grilled pork, spring rolls, rice noodles, julienned carrot, and mint, ready for tossing together with fish sauce; a fizzy limeade; Vietnamese coffee, hot or iced; banana-stuffed sticky rice roll.

Insider tips: Got a large group? Dinner for ten—spring rolls, eight main courses, fresh fruit for dessert—is $168.

Service: •••

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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