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Ngon Bistro

Map & Directions 799 University Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
  • Vietnamese
  • Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
  • Takeout, Private Party, Kid Friendly, Business Dining
  • Accepted
  • Street


City Pages' Description

Elegant as lace curtains, Ngon Bistro is a Frogtown Vietnamese restaurant for the next generation: Consider the lace curtains, pretty acres of which blanket the sunny front windows--those are just not the kind of grace note you commonly find in Frogtown. Neither are the glass-bedecked wall sconces, the all-Minnesota artisinal beer list, or the wine-bar-worthy wine list. While the restaurant offers American bistro staples, its Vietnamese classics tend to be stronger: The beef pho might just be the best in the state, with a sweet, winter-spice accented broth. The broken rice plates, com tam, are artful and satisfying, with slices of English cucumber, sweet pickled carrot and daikon, and your add-in of choice, like gingery shrimp or three sorts of pork and fried egg, arranged like sculpture around a pretty molded disk of broken rice. With prices steadfastly in the Frogtown tradition--well under $10 for most traditional Vietnamese entrees--and all that style and fantastic beverages, Ngon is doing its darndest to prove that the Frogtown of the now is the best it's ever been.

Member Reviews

  • thomaswilliamhoward wrote a review for Ngon Bistro
    on 08/16/10

    Wonderful French/Viet fusion cuisine; you can't beat the small plate specials; or the Udon choices.

  • jhahn wrote a review for Ngon Bistro
    on 07/22/10

    Great craft beer and the chicken dishes have an incredible sweet and savory flavor

  • citypagesbestof wrote a review for Ngon Bistro
    on 05/06/09

    Great pho is the foundation of any respectable Vietnamese restaurant, and Ngon Bistro has it in spades. The soup's beef broth is subtle, slightly sweet, oniony, and anise-flavored. It can be ordered as simply as with rice noodles and chicken, or as an all-beef blowout of thin-sliced beef, both lean and fatty; homemade beef balls; tendon; and tripe. The rest of the menu is a mix... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Tom H. on 06/12/10

    There isn't a better Minnesota-made tap beer list in the Twin Cities. Concise. Smart. Tasty.

  • Heavy Table on 05/20/09

    The duck confit appetizer, featuring Wild Acres duck breast with coconut curry sauce is always outstanding.

  • Rachel R. on 08/23/09

    In addition to the great food, the beer menu is great! Includes locals such as Surly, Lift Bridge, & Flat Earth both on tap and in the Cask!

  • Jen W. on 04/06/10

    Anything on the menu made with Fischer Farms pork is going to be delicious. They do something amazing to it. My favorite is the bún salad with the pork.

  • studioL on 08/26/11

    Wednesday date night special: choice of two traditional entrees, dessert, & bottle of wine for $30

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