I haven't been back to the Omelettry in such a long time, too. I enjoyed the food but I didn't enjoy how filthy my water glass was...but I guess that's "character", heh. :)
Vietnamese cuisine: Sunflower, Sunflower, Sunflower. Next to Target on Ohlen Road & 183. I've been going there for years now, so much that I have been classified as an (ack) "regular". I think they love me because I help keep them alive and because they know I tipped off the Chronicle, who gave them a rave review. Otherwise, it's only been successful by word of mouth. I've heard of a couple of other Vietnamese restaurants that are relatively new and are supposed to be good, but haven't tried them out yet.
Anyway, Sunflower has both a lunch menu (has the vermicelli bowls and soups and stuff) and a dinner menu, though you can request both and order from either at any time. Their dinner menu is online at this new Austin Vietnamese community website
(click on Sunflower).
Okay, I'm going to be even more of a Sunflower freak and list my favorites from the dinner menu listed:Appetizers
(most of these are big enough to be a dinner entree...so I would order one dish, period, per person...and all share)
- BBQ Pork Balls (you wrap these grilled pork meatballs in rice noodle squares and veggies)
- Combination Appetizer, or the Beef stuffed with onion (both wrap-in-rice-paper-and-dip dishes too)Soup
- their hot and sour soups are a LOT different than the usual hot and sour soup; they're piled high with a variety of veggiesBeef
- Shaken BeefChicken
- Five Spiced Chicken (for the white meat people who don't like seafood)Pork
- Vietnamese BBQ Pork (same as what they put on top of vermicelli bowls...a lot of it...though it's so typical...) The BBQ Lemon Grass Ribs are almost the same, but they're like thin pork chops.Seafood
(what they do best)
- Steamed Seabass Fillet (the sauce is amazing)
- Deep-fried Seabass Fillet (the breading is a light and a bit different than what you'd think)
- Deep-fried Catfish
- Bamboo calamari (their calamari is never fried, and is very tender; no tentacles either)
- Deep-fried batter prawns (their specialty...mmm...the prawns are 4 huge mini-lobster-sized tails on a bed of garlic noodles with bits of egg)
-Spicy Seafood Combo
- Seafood Sizzling
There are more items actually on the menu than shown online...a lot are wrap-in-rice-paper dishes too that aren't listed. Oh yeah, all the dishes are large.
Now I'm hungry. Dammit.