At a neighborhood in Seattle called Ballard, you can find a lot of local shops and restaurants. On a lazy Saturday, the locals are geared with their coffee and rain boots, walking along Ballard’s main street to brunch. A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriends and I were among the coffee-toting locals, and we ended up at a Vietnamese Restaurant called The Monkey Bridge.
At first I thought the name was funny. Monkey Bridge? Why is that? Then I found out that they are traditional bridges that connect the waterways in rural, Southern Vietnam. The owners of The Monkey Bridge, originally from the rural landscape of Southern Vietnam, opened the restaurant to honor the cuisines of their home.
What a cute concept!
So how were the cuisines?
The rolls we orders for appetizer were freshly made with shrimp and veggies. They were healthy and tasty in peanut sauce.
The pho had a soup base that was full of flavor. In the soup, the egg noodles were cooked to perfect texture. Topped with beef slices, it was hearty and delicious!
The salad we shared was a sensational sweet and tangy! I loved the texture of crunchy bamboo and chewy shrimp!
Over chitchat, we savored in our food and even ordered desert: crunchy fried bananas swimming in creamy coconut sauce; Rich coconut ice cream topped with diced peanuts.
If the meals were good, the desert was better!
Our server was this cute, little girl all dressed up. I love it when servers deck out a little – shows that they actually care. She was attentive, fast and accurate with our massive orders. In other words, she gave a grade A service!
The Monkey Bridge had very nice décor: fresh paint and new furniture, with a touch of Vietnamese art here and there. Most importantly, it was clean and comfortable.
My experience at The Monkey Bridge in Ballard was positive. The food, especially desert, and the service were wonderful. I left the restaurant happily satisfied.
If I’m ever toting coffee and walking around in Ballard again, I’ll definitely return to The Monkey Bridge for more Southern Vietnamese cooking.