It's pho-time. Mot Hai Ba, the new Vietnamese restaurant from chefs Colleen O'Hare and Jeana Johnson, is officially open for business, with an exciting menu that includes three versions of pho, the steaming noodle soup, and five renditions of the trendy Vietnamese banh mi sandwich.
The menu is tightly focused and has some items not commonly found around Dallas, such as a delicacy called banana flower salad and some keen-sounding cocktails made with sake.
Appetizers run from $5 to $8:
- 5-spice chicken wings
- Steamed rice noodle with pork, mushroom and crispy shallot
- Imperial rolls filled with pork and shrimp
- Frog legs fried with dill
- Sizzling cake with shrimp
- Sizzling cake with tofu and mushroom
- Banana flower salad with chicken
- Green papaya salad with beef
- Cucumber salad
Entrees are served with rice or noodle and green vegetable:
- Shaking beef with red onion and watercress, $24
- Marinated grilled fish with ginger, dill and yogurt, $16
- Chargrilled prawns, $23
- Caramelized pork with soy and palm sugar, $18
- Braised oxtail with tomato, star anise and lemongrass, $16
- Green banana and tofu with turmeric and betel leaf, $15
- Grilled half chicken, $16
- Market crab, $16/$32
Here is where we find the pho, plus a cute boxed lunch:
- Green papaya and beef salad, $7
- Cabbage salad with shredded chicken, $7
- Chargrilled pork belly and pork meatball with vermicelli, plus imperial roll, $9
- Pho! In beef, chicken or vegetarian versions for $12/$11/$10
- Steamed rice noodle with pork, mushroom, crispy shallot and egg, $9
- Banh mi sandwich, your choice of omelet ($6), paté ($7), grilled pork ($7), grilled beef ($8) or tofu ($7)
- Hanoian lunch: small salad, rice, imperial roll, entree of the day and fruit, $15
Cocktails we're dying to try include the Dua Dua with pineapple sake and coconut cream, shaken over ice, and the Mai Chau Mash, with raspberry sake, fruit juice and soda.
Mot Hai Ba – "1, 2, 3" in Vietnamese – is open for lunch Tuesday-Sunday (11 am-3 pm) and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.