Time and budget constraints preclude frequent flights to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. But a highly acceptable alternative is just to ride the subway down to Yotsuya Sanchome, to Thien Phuoc, one of the friendliest, funkiest Vietnamese eateries in all of Tokyo.

Instead of attempting some misconstrued haute cuisine version of Vietnamese cooking married to French pretensions, Ishinabe concentrates on the basic foods that are already known and loved here, but renders them with uncommon delicacy and refinement.

To call Giang's food authentic is to miss the point. Everything she prepares -- from the My Tho-style pho noodles to the thit bo kho beef stew -- is a step or two up the ladder of refinement, rather than the kind of down-home ...

The short list of savory refreshments covers all the basics: com (rice) served with a sauce of ground pork; pho noodles with meat balls in a hot soup that's fragrant with nuoc mam fish sauce (but with the coriander leaf served separately, for those ...

Barely big enough for seven seats squeezed around an equally microscopic kitchen area, it looks modest even for a noodle joint. You certainly don't expect to find an extensive menu -- or such excellent cooking.

Review excerpt: With its bottles of nuoc mam fish sauce arrayed in the window, Banh Mi Bakery looks like it’s been beamed over straight from the streets of Saigon.

Review excerpt: The restaurant An Di explores and creates its own interpretation of what Vietnamese food might taste like in Japan.

Review excerpt: You don’t actually sit on the curbside to eat at Cam On Pho, but the setting doesn’t feel a million miles away from a Hanoi street stall, either. The decor is strictly no frills. There are cartons of Saigon’s favorite 333 beer ...

Review excerpt: Banh Mi Sandwich is a tiny cubbyhole of a shop with a loyal following and lines that snake out of the door at lunchtimes. You’ll need to arrive at least 20 minutes before it opens to be sure of getting either of ...

The tables — all three of them — are reached via a narrow alleyway, past a downstairs kitchen, and finally up a vertigo-inducing flight of stairs. Outside there are corrugated steel panels covered in ivy, a rusty blue bicycle and colorful plastic chairs of ...

This stylish little hole-in-the-wall at the northern end of Harajuku opened last October but is really coming into its own, now the weather is warming up. Like its sister operation, the excellent Tass Yard cafe, the cooking is vegetable-centric, using organic produce and no ...

Vietnamese food is made for snacking, and the temptation here is to order everything, especially when it tastes this good.

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