Monday, December 26, 2011

Com Tam Thanh (Vietnamese), San Jose, CA

Amazing is a simple, yet effective word used to describe my first visit to Com Tam Thanh. The restaurant's simplicity and almost fast food feel had me head over heels - not to mention the food. The Pho made my mind numb. It was so good that it defied reasonable logic. The broth was light and flavorful, and the ingredients stuffed inside were high quality and beautifully prepared. It did not end there, though, as Com Tam Thanh shocked all with not only an amazing Egg Roll, but with a delectable Mango Smoothie to boot.

My Com Tam Thanh Adventure: Part Two was not nearly as successful as the first. The service was still good and fast, but the soup was not as big of a home run as the first time. The mango smoothie fell miles. I know, it is not something that really should influence the rating, but the first time, it was one of the best things I've ever tasted. This one was mushy, and was made with overripe mangoes, hence the brown coloration. Still, the excellent spring rolls and great atmosphere saved Com Tam Thanh for taking a huge rating hit. It is still better than average for Vietnamese, but a trip to Khan's should be taken on those days when you're looking for a treat, not a dive.

Com Tam Thanh on Urbanspoon

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