Vietnam Cafe is in the food court at the back of Merle Hay Mall, in between Younkers and Kohl's. I stopped in for a quick, light snack. I ordered the won ton soup and was very pleasantly surprised. The broth was naturally light and clear (not the glow-in-the-dark yellow that some places insist on). It was complemented with bonito (dried fish) flakes, scallion, and a nice dose of pepper. The won ton noodles had tender, thin skins.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.