Mekong Restaurant

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Type: Bar, Eatery

6004 W Broad St
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-2222
United States

(804) 288-8929 | map
mekongisforbeerlovers.com

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59
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155
pDev:
7.19%
 
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Photo of ncaudle
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of timtim
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I can't say enough good things about this place. it is way ahead of the curve. very good selection of beer (saison dupont, girardin black label, hanssens strawberry lambic from 2000, orval and much more) and fantastic vietnamese food... need i say more? the food is amazing and the beer is top notch, and i know of no other restaurant like this anywhere. easy stop if you're driving up or down 95, it's just a few miles out of the way and WAY worth it. 2000 vintage hanssens oudbitje (for the same price at this restaurant as the current vintage at the store near me by the way) and REAL vietnamese food. Awesome.

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Photo of VABeerDude
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Mekong is one of those places that someone could easily drive right on by. A non-descript sign just off Broad St. with reflective windows in the front might turn those who "don't know" off. However, once inside, a beer lovers' paradise awaits (just beyond the dining seating area!)

Mekong's well known for their great selection of Belgians but often offers a couple of surprises too. An is exceptionally generous with his samples and is an excellent instructor on helping to determine a patron's favorites. I've learned quite a bit about my own tastes and likes in the fairly short time I've been going to Mekong.

If you're into pho, Mekong's the place to go for great cuisine as well. I'd highly recommend an Allagash White with a large bowl of chicken pho.

Y'all enjoy! :)

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Photo of pentathlete
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Based on my lunch visits, Mekong is in a simple store front location on W. Broad (like most establishments in Richmond). This is, as the name implies, a Vietnamese restaurant. The food is very good and reasonably priced. I enjoy the seafood based dishes most, but they all taste great.

Service is rapid and attentive, no frills, but that is not the expectation here. The atmosphere is average because of the routine decor, open table seating which raises the noise level considerably, and the general datedness of the furniture and carpeting.

Ah, but you don't just come to Mekong for the great food, there are plenty of Thai and Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants in the area. You come to Mekong because you can enjoy the cuisine with a great brew. The menu featured most every Belgian style available in Virginia and most reasonably priced at anywhere from $11 to $16 per bottle (mostly cheaper than Capital Ale House). Other beers include local selections and fine craft beers from around the country.

The proprietor apparently made a beer pilgrimage to Europe and came back with a true appreciation of finely crafted brew. He shares that passion via a write-up in the menu and it is reflected in the sheer variety and quality of the beers offered.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mekond is simple to find just South of I-64 and Glenside on Broad. It is the kind of place you would pass and not go into from the looks. The windows are blackened and reflective. Once inside it is a huge place. Lots of tables and rooms and most of them with people and with people waiting. Unbelievable.

I was seated after a few moments and after the fellow in front of me placed his takeout order. I was given a tome of a menu and went directly to the beer section. The standards were there, and boring, but that list was mighty short, only a few selections. Then came a very short US section of micros, flip the page and three pages of Belgians are there. Unfortunately they only come in 750's or 1.5L, and most fetch in the $13-15 range, but they are there, and they look mighty inviting. I had been under the weather so I decided to skip a beer and sample the wares.

Spring rolls were good, fried spring rolls are to die for. The Pho was very good, just a smidge below some of the best I have had and made just a little differently.

Ooops, forgot about the service. Once seated, my water glass was filled immediately, perhaps even before both cheeks of my butt had hit the chair. Then everyone kind of left. Only after I set my menu down did someone come over. He took my order and from there it was a whirlwind of activity. I got my spring rolls in mere minutes and my Pho shortly after I finished the rolls. After the Pho was a memory the check was out in a flash. So once you get service, hold onto your hat.

I'd be back, not for a pint, but for some great Vietnamese food, and perhaps a bottle of Belgian beer.

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Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, VA
Place rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 155 ratings