New Xe Lua in Chinatown
86 Mulberry Street New York, NY 10013
We noticed it is now "New Xe Lua" and the staff and ownership have definitely changed. Everyone looked new and different, but at least they are friendly and accommodating. The menus, layout, and decor is the same. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has changed and we weren't quite pleased with the quality of it.
We ordered the following:
I found it kind of interesting that they served us ice water in Coca-Cola glasses.
|Vietnamese Spring Rolls|
|Crispy Calamari with Avocado Puree|
|Crispy Calamari with Peanut Sauce|
I asked the server what the green sauce was, but they didn't know and asked one of the hostess/managers and she said it was a mango puree (why was it green?). After she received confirmation from a chef, she told us it was actually avocado and I told her Will is highly allergic to avocado so she replaced it with a peanut sauce (this is served with summer rolls) instead.
Sadly, the calamari wasn't crispy as I had hoped and lacked seasoning.
Will ordered his usual Pho Xe Lua and said the soup/broth wasn't as good as it used to be and not as savory.
This was my entree/dinner. The beef was cooked to just the right texture with a bit of sweetness to it. I have had this dish before at other Vietnamese restaurants, but they all taste pretty similar.
|Pho Xe Lua|
|Barbecue Beef with lettuce and bun|
Although the service was on point, but the food wasn't. The quality has sunk and it surely feels like there's a few missing touches. The chances of us returning to New Xe Lua are probably slim.