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Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant now open with exciting menu

Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant now open with exciting menu

Crab dish at Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas
Mot Hai Ba's "market crab" with chili, garlic and scallion. Photo courtesy of Mot Hai Ba
Meatballs at Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas
Mot Hai Ba's chargrilled pork belly and pork meatballs with vermicelli and herbs. Photo courtesy of Mot Hai Ba
Interior of Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas
Mot Hai Ba seats 30, with an additional 20 on the patio. Photo courtesy of Mot Hai Ba
Crab dish at Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas
Meatballs at Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas
Interior of Mot Hai Ba Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas

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.

Dinner menu
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

Lunch menu
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.