Minh’s Bistro Vietnamese restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner. Rehoboth’s first Vietnamese restaurant is right next door to the new Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli in the new Schell building at Rt. 24 in Rehoboth Beach, across from the new Royal Farms. In appreciation of our community and, in his words, “the country that took me in,” owner Thinh Pham is offering a 50% (yup! Half-off) discount to active military and Vietnam Vets from 1955 to 1975 on the 1st Wednesday of each month! People who know restaurants know that 50% is very generous!
Thinh’s dedication to the United States and to Vietnam Veterans is memorialized on the back bar wall. Surrounding a respectful plaque dedicated to Vets, there are little fishes swimming across the wall. 50 of them to be exact. One for each state. We were moved.
Slow/soft openings do not deter the RehobothFoodie! I slipped in under the radar in early July 2017 to get a quickie bite and some photos for you. Wait ’til you see the place. Noted eatery designer Rebecca Fluharty has yet again outdone herself with a clean and uncluttered look. She’s not quite done, so future visits will bring little new additions to the place.
Appetizers are nicely sized and very fairly priced. We got the salt & pepper squid (calamari) and the butter chicken wings. Both perfectly done and full of flavor. By the way, Sriracha is right there on the table for those who like to spice up their lives. Other appetizers include wings with special sauce and a surprisingly hearty shrimp & pork salad.
those spring rolls!1/8 Minh’s Bistro – Sneak Peek2/8 featured beef pho3/8 chicken pho4/8 salt & pepper squid5/8 Thinh’s shrine to Vietnam Vets6/8 Some of Rebecca’s handiwork7/8 One little fish for each of 50 states.8/8
For me, it’s all about the Vietnamese Summer Rolls. Thinh calls them Spring Rolls and they are available in vegetarian and regular versions. I admit to being a connoisseur of these cool and fresh delights. And the ones at Minh’s Bistro are rolled tightly (I don’t like things limp!) and packed with fresh veggies and seafood. The spring rolls are accompanied by a perfectly blended peanut sauce. So many Vietnamese restaurants try to doctor up the peanut sauce, often with disastrous results. Thinh’s is the perfect consistency. Squirt in a little Sriracha to speed up your respiration! Appetizers are priced from $8 to $10. A good deal.
The star at any Vietnamese joint is the Pho (pronounced ‘phuh’). This deeply savory soup consists of a clear broth with noodles. The soup contains either beef, chicken, or tofu/veggies. We had the Minh’s Bistro Pho containing eye of round, beef balls and flank steak. Top it with the bean sprouts, jalapenos, cilantro and thai basil and it is a filling meal. I had the Chicken Pho (‘Pho Ga’). Savor the taste of the broth on this one. A smooth and almost buttery undertone works perfectly with the thinly sliced pieces of white chicken meat and all the veggies and herbs. As with all ethnic foods, everyone’s Phavorite Pho is slightly different, and the Pho Ga at Minh’s Bistro will not disappoint.
Mains run from $14 to $17. Again – very fair, especially for the beach!
We are looking forward to the Minh’s Bistro Rice dish (sporting a fried egg, grilled pork and shrimp bean curd – reminiscent to Kenny Nguyen’s similar dish at the sadly long-gone Zen Saigon in Bethany). There are also dishes featuring the vermicelli and soups featuring rice rather than vermicelli noodles. There is a vegetarian selection in every menu section.
Take a look at the gallery for some photos so far. Every time we go back I will add more.
Rockville, Md. businessman (and professional actor and singer) Thinh Pham serves a wide array of Vietnamese favorites, and members of his family, including his delightful mom-in-law Bonnie Moss, are on hand to help out and suggest their favorites. Hours are year-round, 10am – 10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Hear Thinh and RB resident (and mom-in-law) Bonnie Moss on Sip & Bite with the Rehoboth Foodie. Talented actor and singer Thinh sings for us in his native language!