have you ever loved a restaurant? i mean really loved a restaurant?
the food is excellent all of the time and it’s never too crowded to get a table. you feel right at home there, you know the staff and the menu is great but most of the time you just have the chef make you whatever he’s feeling that day. a restaurant like this comes along once in a lifetime and when it’s closed and torn down, it leaves a serious hole in your heart. and stomach.
the restaurant i’m talking about is chinese village, formerly located on high street near lane avenue. when they closed around 2002 they promised they would reopen, but years went by and… nothing. until recently i got a tip that they indeed had reopened last year under the name yuen’s restaurant.
this weekend we visited yuen’s and were not disappointed in the least. the menu and staff are the same and the new location is attractive and comfortable. the menu is expansive and we ordered our favorites from the vietnamese and chinese menu.
we started with the beef tendon. i didn’t really know what to expect and it was a nice surprise. it was pleasantly spicy and the texture was unique, as firm as meat but gelatinous like fat – in a good way.
we also had the vietnamese spring rolls, which in addition to being delicious were very beautiful. they were cool and fresh with veggies, rice noodles and two plump little shrimp in each one. they were served with a brown sauce (hoisen?) for dipping with crushed peanuts.
the rice noodle soup with seafood was exactly as we remembered it. the squid, fish cakes, shrimp and crab are fresh and delicious in the best seafood broth i’ve ever tasted. the scallion and cilantro add just the right crunch of freshness.
i had the egg roll with rice noodles and grilled pork. i love this dish because even though it had lots going on, everything worked really well together. the sauce served on the side was sweet but really thin. i do wish that after pouring it over i’d been able to taste it throughout the whole bowl. the egg rolls were warm and made with pork and served over rice noodles, over lettuce. the grilled pork was flavorful and savory.
the kind folks at yuen’s are not messing around. the food is fresh and authentic and never disappoints. check them out for the best chinese and vietnamese food columbus has to offer.
5720 cleveland avenue
columbus, ohio 43231