Kettles Vietnamese Restaurant | Santa Rosa

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The owners of Boathouse sushi have opened Kettles, a Vietnamese restaurant, near Coddingtown Mall.

The menu runs several pages, with familiar items like pho, bun (rice noodles) and banh mi (Vietnamese Sandwiches), but it’s worth straying a bit off the beaten path and tucking into some less known items including lime marinated beef carpaccio served in a cocktail glass; a Vietnamese crepe that’s sweet and savory, filled with shrimp and bean sprouts; iced coffee, served in a drip-pour glass with sweetened condensed milk and exotic fruit sodas with banana, strawberry or raspberry. Shaken Beef is a top pick, with tender cubes of filet mignon and sliced onions in garlic and fish sauce that’s rich with tart, umami and peppery flavors. Don’t worry about the name, though which refers to the cooking technique of shaking the pan, not the beef itself.

At the former Panda Buffet, 1202 W Steele Ln., Santa Rosa, 528-3747.

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Author: biteclub

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  1. Tasty lemongrass/tofu banh mi.

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  2. Just had the shrimp spring rolls to go on the way to RP for work yesterday. Had a craving. They were as good as I have ever had. Very fresh and delish. The peanut sauce seemed house made and more robust than the run of the mill. The hot sauce was fine. Price was reasonable. I will go back for pho.

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  3. The food is very good and authentic. Very clean (like Goji Kitchen). The prices are very reasonable (unlike Goji Kitchen). They are still new and the food is very slow coming out of the kitchen. The front-of-house is also getting up-to-speed (some of the servers seem to be new to Viernamese food and are learning the ropes), but are really nice. They are still making renovations on the building (the men’s room needs repair) and there is not carpet or flooring and the landscaping needs to be worked on. In a month of so this may be a real destination as the Santa Rosa area has some exceptional Asian food (Sea Thai Bistro, Goji Kitchen, The Yeti in Glen Ellen).

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    • Just curious, but why do you say Goji is unreasonably priced and Sea Thai Bistro and Yeti are reasonably priced? Lay your case out for me if you don’t mind.

  4. I’m back!

    Spring roll nod goes to Kettles.

    Ban chev (VN omelet) nod goes to Noodle Bowl.

    Both are excellent restaurants. Both introduced to me by Heather. Yay Heather!

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    • Banh mi goes to Noodle Bowl. Kong makes a brilliant one.

    • I agree Heather, Noodle bowl has the very best Banh mi.

  5. Great place, friendly service. Plus they have one whole page of vegetarian options!! The food was very good and I will definitely be going back.

    Thank you BiteClub for keeping me up to date on the latest and greatest new eateries!

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  6. ::::::grabs keys, runs for car::::::

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  7. This looks great, can’t wait to try the banh mi and carpaccio!

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  8. yes heather, we love the job you do and the funny comments you make.

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