Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with the help of today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Vietnamese cuisine and drinks at Vo's Restaurant. This Groupon can be used for dinner while dining at Vo's Uptown Oakland location.
Vo's traditional tastes of Vietnamese cuisine and culture treat adventurously appetited patrons to an epicurean escape without the need to tunnel through the middle of the earth. The dynamic dinner menu features fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes, gently infused with French and Chinese flavors. Start with a palate-pleasing plate of vegetable tempura with a ginger dipping sauce ($6) or a shredded green papaya salad tossed with carrots, cucumbers, and basil, and topped with poached shrimp ($9). For the main mouth event, enjoy a delicious dish of lemongrass prawns (with peanuts, spices, and chicken or beef, $13) or crispy spicy beef (flambéed and served on a bed of watercress, $14). Pair the feast with a wine or beer to create a culinary partnership unseen since the combination of ants and logs.
Vo's Restaurant's chic confines are illuminated by the elegant flirtation of flooding natural light and hanging paper-lantern radiance. Enjoy a romantic date snuggled side by side at the extended sleek bar, or keep your enemies even closer by holding their hands atop the white-table-clothed tables before sneak-attacking a taste of their chili calamari crunch ($7).
European, Southeast Asian, and American culinary traditions all influence the unique fusion recipes at Vo's Restaurant. Vegetables and rice get simmered in traditional clay pots and prawns and lemongrass are seared in woks; there's even a deep-fried catfish filet with ginger-infused nouc mam, a dip made from fish sauce. The dining room is as colorful as the dishes, featuring warm red walls, bamboo sprouting from tall vases, romantic lighting overhead.