Bun Nha Trang
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Soup: Bun Bo Hue
Bun Nha Trang is a new Vietnamese restaurant run by three brothers and based out of a cloud kitchen, so you can either get delivery or pick up from the unmarked warehouse on Morris St. in SoMa. They make chewy, translucent tapioca dumplings, fresh spring rolls stuffed with large nem nuong patties, and banh mi with sides of fried onion sticks. But the star of your meal will probably be the bun bo hue. The bowl of slow-simmered lemongrass broth, tender beef, meatballs, pork blood cube, and a heap of fresh herbs is a perfect balance of salty and spicy.
“My first time picking up takeout from a cloud kitchen was when I ordered from Bun Nha Trang, a Vietnamese restaurant by three brothers inspired by their mom’s recipes. When I pulled up to the unmarked warehouse in SoMa, a line of cars and red tail lights greeted me. I began to mildly panic. “What the f*ck do I do?” My head scratching ended when a friendly man directed me to the side and handed me a paper bag through my driver’s seat window. At home, I unboxed all the tapioca dumplings, pork patty spring rolls, fried onion sticks, and the star of this weeknight dinner - the spicy beef noodle soup with slow-simmered lemongrass broth, meatballs, and pork blood cube. Since then, I’ve thought about the soup a lot, and every time I feel like a slow-burning chili pepper candle (a real thing, I may add) - warm and spicy. I will gladly brave the cars outside the ghost kitchen for dinner here any day.” - LC
At Bun Nha Trang, three brothers are serving Vietnamese dishes inspired by their mother’s recipes, and dishes that “tend to get overshadowed by pho,” according to their website. They have bun bo hue, banh bot loc, and slow-simmered spicy beef and noodle stews. The restaurant is currently operating out of a cloud kitchen in SoMa for takeout and delivery, and open every day except Monday for lunch and dinner.
We checked out Bun Nha Trang and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.