French cooking is noted for its international influence on culinary arts, just as how Beatles' audio engineer Geoff Emerick is known for shaping pop music by placing microphones inside singers' throats. Savor a model U.N. of flavor with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of Vietnamese tapas at Vanessa’s Bistro 2 in Walnut Creek.
Executive chef Vanessa Dang follows up her first blockbuster of French-inspired Vietnamese dishes with this intimate sequel promising elegant small-plate options and explosive flavors. The menu pokes sleepy taste buds with shareable small plates such as maple-leaf duck-confit lettuce wraps ($9) and tuna-and-salmon poke with ginger, avocado, mango, and cucumber-and-tomato salsa ($9). Full-sized entrees combine intercontinental palates with mouth-warping orders of cumin-marinated jumbo prawns and garlic noodles ($16) or a rack of lamb marinated with Dijon-mustard peppercorn in a Bing-cherry reduction ($25). Fill out abridged meals with a glass from the saga-worthy, 150-bottle wine list or a sweet-tooth-regaling Fuji-apple-and-coconut egg roll ($8).
- Food was superb, and the service was even better! What a great find! The cheesecake is to die for! – OpenTable user who dined on 11/11/2010
- LOVE this place!!! I go there often with my friends. They have such an interesting variety of foods with multi-dimensional flavors. Yum!! Service has always been terrific! – OpenTable user who dined on 10/22/2010