Xanh Vietnamese restauant in Mountain View reputedly has one of the best happy hours in the South Bay area. I can see why.
The restaurant, which has a modern, upscale feel, has an extensive menu of signature cocktails and appetizers that range from $5 to $7. Whenever you can walk away from a Silicon Valley restaurant satisfied and only spend $20, that’s a great deal.
Xanh’s happy hour runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. throughout the week, giving you plenty of time to get a drink and appetizer if you get out of work at 5 o’clock.
Dish of Choice
I ordered the Steamed Potstickers, which were filled with a mixture of chicken and vegetables, served with yellow curry sauce. I also ordered the Kobe Roll, made with marinated beef, rice noodles, fresh lettuce, cilantro and cucumber, wrapped in soft rice paper. The roll was served with roasted peanuts, crispy shallots and a side of nuoc cham vinaigrette.
For sipping, I chose the Pretty in Pink, made with sparkling pink champagne, Ciroc Red Berry and fresh strawberries. Each item I ordered was $5 each.
Out of the two small plates, I liked the Kobe Roll the best. The beef was tender, the lettuce was crisp and the cilantro added zest to the roll. I also like the crunch of the peanuts and shallots on top. It was a light appetizer that left me satisfied.
The dough of the potstickers was soft, and the filling had a mild taste. I liked the green onions sprinkled on top, which added a little extra zip.
The Pretty in Pink was the perfect girly drink: bubbly and not overly sweet or strong. The cocktail went down easy and was even more refreshing when I dropped in the fresh strawberry.
Xanh is located at 110 Castro Street. Separate from its dining rooms, the restaurant also has a lounge and bar, as well as an outdoor patio with heaters. Its menu includes an array of noodle dishes, rolls, salads and signature entrees such as Shaking Beef and New Zealand Rack of Lamb.
For more information, call (650) 964-1888 or visit www.xanhrestaurant.com.