This is the northern extension of Summer Rolls in Rosemead, but what a difference a few miles make.
First, the food: it’s about the same as the one in Rosemead, but the menu is more limited. The food tastes the same. They have lemon grass beef or chicken in rolls which I don’t believe is available in the Rosemead location.
Second, the drinks: they advertise craft beers. In fact, they have a walk in refrigerator with a glass wall where you can see the bottles, kegs, and beverage delivery system. This is definitely different from the one in Rosemead.
Third, the facility itself: It’s a hipster type of place with exposed brick and beams. Inside, there is a small dining area for about 38 diners. Thirty of those seats are at long communal tables. There’s a small area for single diners that faces the courtyard. They have a glass wall similar to garage door that they open so these diners can enjoy the full spectrum of sound from Rosemead Blvd. traffic. Modern American music blaring from the speakers enhance the volume of the room. Faux antique incandescent lamps provide light. There is patio seating for about 20. Parking is much easier than at the Rosemead location. The kitchen is semi-open, so you can watch the rolls lovingly prepared by the two Latina prep cooks.
Fourth, everything else: it’s pretty much self service. You order at the counter, get a placard, and the food is brought to your table in simple metal containers or plastic takeout containers (minus the lids). You need to get your own water, napkins, chopsticks, etc. If you have food leftover, you need to get the lids for those same containers.
It’s a place designed for people without kids. The food is Central Vietnamese just like its cousin in Rosemead. But the clientele are decidedly different. My wife’s family were the only ones who spoke Vietnamese there. Most patrons were in their mid 20’s to early 30’s.
I don’t think I’ll go there again except for takeout. They have pagers because there’s almost no space inside to wait.