Already open for a year and I just stopped by for the first time about a month ago. Named after an affluent and busy urban center in Ho Chi Minh city, the restaurant has become just as popular as its namesake since opening.

Happy hour is the way to go if you’re looking to keep spending to a minimum. A slight fishy taste didn’t stop me from enjoying the bit size fish tacos. The wonton shell added some great crunch to the sashimi yellowtail accompanied by avocado, cilantro and cherry tomatoes. If you’re looking for other sea food, oysters on the menu change regularly based on availability. The sauce with the fanny bay oysters provided a balance of sweetness to the salinity of the oysters and caviar on top, with a touch of heat that trailed at the end.

Turning to more savory options, the beef carpaccio was unfortunately drowning in sauce. Half the amount would have been plenty to make the beef, onions and peanuts shine. My favorite item was the pork belly buns. The deep fried buns were a nice contrast to the standard chewy bao buns. And, of course, pork belly never disappoints. No Vietnamese restaurant is complete without pho. Their pho tai rib eye is plenty big enough for two to share, with a wonderfully aromatic broth covering a large mound of noodles and beef.

With its modern and unique take on Vietnamese cuisine, it’s easy to see why District One has become popular with locals. And, despite being named after a district with a high standard of living, the restaurant thankfully has plenty of bargains to be found.

3.5 Stars

3400 S Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 209-0898

 

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