"Ana Mandara — which refers to a 700-year-old legend and love story and translates to 'beautiful refuge' — is often referred to as 'the restaurant Don Johnson owns," noted the San Francisco Chronicle. "But the draw is executive chef Khai Duong's modern, sophisticated, French-influenced Vietnamese cuisine, not a potential celebrity sighting."
That may be the case, but if the food falters, the menu promises to entertain. Dishes like Heat of the Moment, Blissful Wonders, and Seductive Sirens, may make you think you made a wrong turn into a trashy romance novel, not a restaurant serving Chef Kahai Duong's modern Vietnamese cusine.
SCORE: 69 (Food: 22, Décor: 26, Service: 21)
NOTABLE FEATURES: Crispy lobster ravioli and the Ana Mandara cocktail (muddled fresh lemongrass and mint, citrus vodka, and house-made sweet and sour)