With my complaints about loud music in restaurants and my recent review of the Keg, I thought I should put in a favorable review next so I don't get a reputation as an old curmudgeon.
So here is a real gem of a restaurant.
My wife and I stopped in at Huong Lan a few weeks ago. This is a Vietnamese restaurant.
When I review a restaurant, I rate it based on a number of factors such as decor/ambiance, soundscape, food, service and value.
I don't have the same expectations here that I would have for the decor of a fancy restaurant. The restaurant is tiny with the tables close together. It's best feature decor-wise? The great smell of the food when you walk in! I give it an 7 out of 10.
No music problems, but the room is a little loud because the tables are close together. 7 out of 10
The food is what really shines at Huong Lan. They have the best Vietnamese food of anywhere I have had in Nanaimo and come close to the best Vietnamese food restaurants I have eaten in anywhere.
Salad rolls are excellent - a Vietnamese dish that poorer restaurants often make too dry. They are nice and fresh and moist at Huong Lan.
Very good soups.
Overall a 9 out of 10 on the food.
The service was good. The waitress was polite and friendly and the food came quickly. I give it an 8 out of 10.
I base this on the value of the experience and food for the money I spent. 9 out of 10 as the food is fantastic for the low cost.
Overall, the average of all the ratings came out to 8.0 out of 10. Huong Lan is one of the top 3 places I have eaten so far in Nanaimo. I am never disappointed when we go there.