Details

Present

6678 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22042

703-531-1881

Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Vietnamese

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch Monday through Thursday 11 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10. Open for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 11 to 10.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://www.presentcuisine.com

Best Dishes:
A hash of clams served in a giant sesame shell; any of the masterful soups, including the Sour Spicy Seafood; a rendition of “shaky” beef called Cow on the Open Field, tossed in a complex and zingy sauce; banh xeo.

Cheap Eats 2009: Present

Great food, low prices, lots of fun.

Why go: Vietnamese dishes here show a level of detail uncommon for such inexpensive fare, and the plating rivals that of a banquet meal. The dining room echoes the elegance of the cuisine.

What to get: A hash of minced clams, beef, and herbs in a sesame-studded shell; fried spring rolls of house-made rice-thread wrappers filled with shrimp and pork; bun with grilled pork, vermicelli rice noodles, and peanuts; fried bananas with coconut cream.

Best for: Fans of the cooking at the Eden Center’s humbler eateries who crave a romantic backdrop and a bit of pampering.

Insider tip: Servers are well versed about the menu and will demonstrate the best strategy for eating each dish. But they’re also inclined to steer you away from dishes they think you might not be up to.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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