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Why I Love Where I Eat: Ha Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant

Perfectly flavored broth and a wide variety
of Vietnamese food are staples at Ha Long Bay.

January 4, 2017

Why I Love Where I Eat

Okay, so you just cannot squeeze in the time for that trip to Vietnam you were hoping to take next weekend, and let’s face it: the jet lag is killer. So what do you do when all you want is a sip of that wonderful, flavorful Vietnamese broth and maybe a bite of shrimp summer roll with a side of peanut sauce?

Ha Long Bay is the perfect place for a spring roll or a bowl of broth-y soup.

Ha Long Bay is the perfect place for a spring roll or a bowl of broth-y soup.

Nigel and Allison Matthews know just how you feel. That’s why they head to Ha Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant on Tanque Verde Road when the mood strikes. They get Number 20, Hu Tieu wonton soup with roast pork. The broth is clear–not too sweet and not too savory–the rice noodles are not soggy, and it’s all served with bean sprouts and fresh jalapeno and cilantro on the side. It’s the perfect dish for a cool winter night and a warm summer day, which is why couple orders it every time they go to Ha Long Bay.

The soup is served with bean sprouts, fresh jalapeño, and cilantro.

The soup is served with bean sprouts, fresh jalapeño, and cilantro.

“The food is really nice,” Allison said. “The service is … spot on. And the soup broth is what really gets you.”

“Some broths are too tart, some are too sweet,” Nigel said. “This one is just right.”

Plus, “The bathrooms are clean and that gets bonus points from me,” Allison said.

The restaurant is popular, judging by number of occupied tables and the way the servers bustled about. However, according to the Matthews they are never too busy to give attentive service.

On this visit, every diner at the Matthews’ table ordered the Hu Tieu wonton soup with roast pork, but the menu is extensive and includes the usual fare you would expect at a Vietnamese restaurant. You can choose from Com Tam Ha Long Bay—charcoal grilled lemon grass pork chop, diamond shrimp and shredded pork—or the house special: pan stir fried soft egg noodles with shrimp, chicken and beef. There’s even dessert: a fresh banana fried and topped with honey.

It’s all par for the course for the international couple, who met on Facebook several years ago. He’s from a tiny village in England and she’s from the Northwest corner of Alberta, Canada. They love to travel and experience different cuisines. Ha Long Bay has proven to be one of their favorites, a place they visit again and again. It’s the entire experience there that keeps them coming back.

Nigel and Allison Matthews consider Ha Long Bay to be a staple.

Nigel and Allison Matthews consider Ha Long Bay to be a staple.

“Great service; great, great service,” Allison said.

“They’re always attentive, they always come round, they’re always polite,” Nigel said.

“Their prices are great; their food quality is great; their bathrooms are great,” Allison added.

That is why they love to eat at Ha Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant.

Ha Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant
7245 E Tanque Verde
520-571-1338







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