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Mekong Restaurant

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Mekong RestaurantMekong Restaurant
BA SCORE
100
world-class

81 Ratings
Ratings: 81
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.03%
Taps: 50
Bottles: 55
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6004 W Broad St
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-2222
United States
phone: (804) 288-8929

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mekongrva

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Reviews by ncaudle:
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4.2/5  rDev -8.9%

it sounds cliche but Mekong really is a must visit in Richmond.

the restaurant sits in a non-descript strip mall with some other Asian shops, stores. other than the occasional line of people at the door on a Fri/sat night you wouldnt really know anything good was there.

you walk in and immediately behind the hostess you are greeted by a display table of many of their bigger bottled beers along with a whiteboard listing the current tap lineup. there's usually 10-11 plus the occasional cask. you walk through 2 "quieter" dining rooms then you find yourself in the back where the bar is with another dining room.

the decor is a bit on the cheesy side; half is your stereotypical asian art while the rest is big banners from various breweries, many of them congratulating Mekong for various anniversaries.

the beer:
opening the menu and you quickly realize the last 1/3 of it is for the beer, with several pages on Belgian beer alone! everything from Chimay, Kasteel and Augustijn to St Bernardus, Dupont and Hanssens.
the tap lineup refreshes throughout the week and what is on tap today might not be on tap 2 days from now; less if popular/mentioned in An beer club. speaking of, the owner An has a beer club which usually meets once a month during the week for various tastings/release parties. always a good time to drink great beer, cheap!

the domestic bottle selection, at least printed in the menu, is a bit limited. this is my primary gripe with Mekong; they never update the beer bottle menu. you know they have other bottles there as you see them sitting out on other tables but you have to ask if something is available... which brings me to my second gripe at Mekong, the waitstaff. with exception to the owner An and his brother Kha, the rest are clueless when it comes to the beer. for a beer from the tap you often need to order by # from their handwritten list as they dont know which is which. for a bottle, just point to the line in the menu!

the food is excellent.
appetizers of pork crepes and various spring rolls are excellent finger/beer food in case you dont want a big meal but if you do, it's available as well. they also have excellent soups and their Pho is very good as well.
depending on your waiter, you can sometimes order off the menu as well, like pork chops on the bone and a spicy, steamed catfish. we love to tell Kha to just bring us some family style food which we'll put on the lazy susan in the middle of the table and everyone just goes to town (we do this with the beer too!).

pricing is good on food and sometimes excellent on the beer. drafts are usually $4-$7 depending on what it is and I've often bought bottles here $1-$2 cheaper than at retail stores!

ncaudle, Oct 02, 2010
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I would probably fly to Vietnam to this food with this beer selection, but I only have to drive to Richmond. Score! We shared spicy squid with lemongrass and beef curry while drinking Cigar City sours. Enough said.

TaiPan, Aug 20, 2014
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Awesome selection with great food. They're doing it right

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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%

This is one of my favorite places to go for beer and a spring roll.
This is the first place I take out of town guests who really like beer.
The owner and the wait-staff are very knowledgeable of all kinds of beer. He (An) is also very generous and very personable. Hospitality is definitely in full abundance here. I highly recommend sitting at the bar if its just you and 1 or2 buds. This is truly a special and unique experience. The beer list is the best in Richmond. The food is average to good, but I highly recommend the crispy spring rolls and the wings. If you want a great beer outing Mekong is always tops. I have never seen another venue like this one. The experience is incredible. Soon there will be brewing just a couple of doors down. Don't miss the Kong. Its worth whatever it takes.

Shrek, Jun 13, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev -1.3%

Of all the places that I have rated, how did I miss this one? As everyone else has said, it is hard to spot if you are not paying attention. Despite its small location, the taps are vast! An, the owner, has an eclectic taste for beer, so the draft list offers an array of craft beers from around the world, as well as local. I don't think that I've ever been disappointed with what he has. His cuisine is quite interesting! I only order what I know, but I'm sure there are some dishes on there awesome.

The staff is funny, and if you don't have thick skin with some, you may feel like they are picking on you, but its all in good fun! I have come to know one waiter in there that is just incredible and hilarious! If you are ever in the are, this is a must visit spot. I'm looking forward to An's newst baby, "The Answer", which should be open soon.

Cubatobaco, Jun 11, 2014
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Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, VA
100 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.