Quan An Vietnam by Benny Palma

This review comes from longtime great guy Benny “The Jet” Palma. He loves Vietnamese food and was going on and on about how great this place delivers a Vietnamese vibe. I asked him to write this review so he would just STFU about the place. I dropped by with Stella from Centreville and it turns out, Benny was right. This place is on, like Donkey Kong in Saigon.

                When
living in Daejeon, finding essential restaurants is going to make or break the
experience. I have been on the hunt for high quality places to eat that would
compare to what I could find in America. I have a passion for Vietnamese
cuisine with Pho being at the top of the list. It is a staple dish from Vietnam
and is prepared differently based on what part of the country you live. It is a
beef broth soup, noodles and an assortment of vegetables. Fairly simple in its
preparation but that method makes all the difference.
Quan An Vietnam has pioneered that taste into an affordable
dish that costs nearly half the price of other Vietnamese restaurants. The menu
hosts a variety of dishes all from the most common that you will find in
Vietnam. The spring and summer rolls are good but must be prepared individually
by the customer which is a little annoying if you are not familiar with the
process.
Bun, a.k.a. rice noodle salad, is another classic Vietnamese
dish. It’s an amazing salad of thin rice noodles, lettuce, carrot slivers,
mint, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts, and fish sauce, topped with grilled pork.The
dried noodles are definitely worth a try and are lighter than the pho dishes
which may be considered heavier than the other dishes.
The restaurant isn’t big on atmosphere. They have just moved
to a larger location so it looks nice but the clientele is largely Vietnamese.
They are quite nice but do smoke and gamble in the restaurant. If you can
overlook that then you should throng for the quality of the food and the
excellent prices. A large bowl of steaming pho noodles and veggies swimming in
delicious broth and topped with beef is only 6,000 won. Considering that the average
bowl of pho costs 10,000 and above in other restaurants it’s quite a steal. Add
a plate of Vietnamese spring rolls (fried or fresh) for the perfect meal.
Pros
  • Delicious
    Vietnamese Pho noodle soup.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Authentic
    Vietnamese style.
Cons
  • Smoking
    IS allowed in the restaurant. (I think this is a PLUS!– Earl)
  • Food
    preparation is sometimes slow.
  • Waiters
    are friendly, but often can’t speak much English.
Description

  • Address
     Quan An Vietnam, Across from Daejeon Station, 7-11 Building 3rd
    Floor
  • Phone
     042-226-4202
  • Subway
     Daejeon Station Exit 7. Left hand side outside the exit.
  • Hours
     10 a.m. to around 10pm
  • Cash
    and Card Accepted