Green Leaf Restaurant
With all of the choices in the International District it can be difficult to find the good spots. Thanks to the internet and sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon, restaurants are a little easier to choose. More than reading reviews, I love to see the photos of the food - You can tell a lot from a photo! So after visiting my Aunt and Uncle who live near the ID, we decided to finally try Green Leaf.
The menu is a little overwhelming. It's large and each item is numbered with the name in Vietnamese and the description in english. Where do you start?! There are 5 pages of choices... But really, I don't think you can go wrong!
Thit Lui (3 grilled pork skewers topped with onions) $6.95
We started our meal with Thit Lui - Thin slices of pork marinated in lemongrass and served on skewers topped with a pile of crispy fried onions and scallions. The plate is garnished with pickled carrots and Jicama as well as lettuce and shaved red cabbage. The pork is full of flavor and crispy from the grill. The presentation is so colorful!
Com Ga Xa Ot (Steamed rice with spicy lemongrass chicken and onions) $9.25
Of the three dishes we ordered, this was my least favorite, but my SO liked it. The chicken was a little dry, and it wasn't spicy at all, but they do have a jar of chili sauce on the table to spice up your dishes. The onions were crisp and not overly cooked... It was good, but it wasn't as great as what came next...
Bun Bo Nuong Xa (Vermicelli with grilled lemongrass beef wrapped around sliced pork and onions) $12.25
One of my all time favorite Vietnamese dishes is Bun, or noodle salad. This version is served with thin sliced beef marinated in lemongrass and wrapped around thin slices of pork and onions. The meat rolls are topped with crispy onions and scallions and garnished with red cabbage and lettuce and sprinkled with peanuts.
Beef wrapped pork and onions
The lemongrass flavor was mild compared to the pork dish above but it went well with the Bun.
The platter is served with an abundance of goodies! A pile of rice vermicelli (Bun), pickled carrots and jicama, cucumber slices, bean sprouts and a small garden of green leaf lettuce, red shiso, cilantro and thai basil. Fresh roll wrappers are also served on the side with a bowl of hot water to cook them in. This dish can get messy, but it's so worth it. I was in awe of the enormous portion, and we realized we had ordered more than enough food for two! Actually, I might have the left overs for lunch later!
This place outshines any other Vietnamese restaurants in the area - the freshness of the veggies and the intense marinades from the meats make for a perfect meal. I know it won't be long before we return to Green Leaf!
Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant
418 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm