Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare, of Good 2 Go Taco and Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House fame, have announced an opening date for Mot Hai Ba. Their new casual, high-energy Vietnamese restaurant will open Tuesday, April 23.
Pronounced mo’oht high bah, Mot Hai Ba (which means "1, 2, 3" in Vietnamese) will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Menus are centered around traditional northern Vietnamese cuisine, including items typically found as street foods, and a selection of dishes prepared in chef-driven restaurants in and around Hanoi.
Can you say imperial rolls filled with pork and shrimp? Can you say chargrilled pork belly and pork meatballs with vermicelli and herbs? Can you say crab with chili, garlic and scallion?
Actually, can you say Mot Hai Ba? Some wonder if the name is too complicated.
Johnson and O'Hare will pair the menu with an all-French wine list and a beer list comprising French, Belgian and Asian beers.
Seating will be small and intimate: 30, including a small communal table, plus a bar that seats six and a patio that seats 20. Diners can also carry out all menu items, including any beer or wine on the menu.