1511 High St, Des Moines, IA | Directions 5030941.587235 -93.637434
Neighborhoods: Sherman Hill
A Dong is Seriously Over-rated!!!!! – A Dong is seriously overrated. As a Vietnamese, I find A Dong food to be somewhat "Americanized." The food is a bit bland and there is no distinct taste in any of the dishes. The egg rolls are not Vietnamese egg rolls, but Chinese egg rolls made of mainly cabbage. The beef in bun thit nuong has no marinating flavor. All other dishes we ordered had one similar taste. White Americans love this restaurant because, I think, they can't tell what Vietnamese food actually should taste like. To them, something that just has a pleasant and inoffensive taste is THE BEST VIETNAMESE FOOD IN DES MOINES! Americanized Vietnamese food is NOT good. I suggest trying TNT Restaurant, which is more authentic.
Great food, however I am concerned about the staff – I love Adong, but was very upset when a co-worker of mine (who is Vietnamese) overhead a conversation from the kitchen. The statement was as follows: "just pick it up, it is for the American table".
Best Vietnamese in Des Moines – This is by far the best Vietnamese place in Des Moines. The food is always fresh, and there is a wide variety. I live in CA, stuffed with Vietnamese restaurants, and still was not able to find a better duck dish (#42). Every time I am in Des Moines, A-dong is on my to do list. My favorites (and highly recommended) are vegetarian spring rolls with their awesome fish sauce (2C); roasted duck (see above); and curry chicken. Their Pho-s are great too.
A-Dong – This is the BEST asian food I have ever had, the food is always great and you have to try the EGG ROLLS with the dipping sauce, WOW is what comes to mind. I would HIGHLY recommend this place for dinner or lunch.
A dong good place – Excellent and healthy asian food. We enjoyed 2 new juices from China as our beverage and treated ourselves to their fresh warmed veggie spring rools with peanut sauce. We will be repeat customers after we had such an enjoyable meal. My husband had the Chicken Ginger and I had the Chicken and Veggie on Crispy Noodle. Both excellent in presentation as well.
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