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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 55
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
6004 W Broad St
phone: (804) 288-8929
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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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.
09-03-2004 00:37:25 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
This place is a little hard for me to review as I'm trying not to hold this "best beer bar" award they have won against them, b/c quite frankly I wouldn't call it the best in the state, yet alone the East Coast (I'm not sure what award they won: "city", "state" "region" or "country"). That being said, there are some great finds here and without a doubt one of the cheapest beer bars I have ever been to and if I lived in Richmond I would be a regular here. I went on a Saturday afternoon to avoid any crowd and was succesful as very few people here and I didn't eat b/c I am not a fan of the food style but my wife and stepson ordered and I have three observations. The food is cheap, pricewise, the servings are big and they thoroughly enjoyed their meal so based on that I would say this place has great food. Also, I read about the "Andal" or something and some tasting parties they have so this place seems pretty serious. About the only knock I actually have on this place, and it's not really a knock, is if you're looking for the hard to find gems and a large selection of hard to find imports I wouldn't recommend this place but that's about the only "complaint" I really have.
05-13-2013 19:07:34 |
More by clayrock81
District of Columbia
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.
09-06-2010 03:35:04 |
More by timtim
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.
05-04-2009 01:20:27 |
More by pentathlete
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
almost dismal looking from the outside. located in a cheap strip mall, the Mekong sign looks like just a cheap-o vietnamese restaurant. after entering, the decor reenforces the cheap-o vibe. cheap tables, table topping sprawled throughout a fairly large space with Tons of brewery/beer posters on the wall. many addressed to Mekong. it's asian restaurant meets college dorm.
let me get the other negative point out of the way, the service. servers are typically cold and dont seem very interested in your dining experience. it helped that i went in with low service expectations, hopefully it will help you too.
once your able to look past these areas, it's on to the good stuff. i thought the food was very good. i enjoyed some sweet and sour soup and a delicious bowl of pho. the beer selection is very good, and is probably one of very few vietnamese restaurants that have the belgian beer selection that they do. not a great state-side selection, but it is definitely worth coming for the belgians. following the belgian theme, the drafts are also note-worthy and are often rotated. sometimes even offering a cask.
my favorite thing about this place (besides the beer and the food) are the prices! everything was VERY inexpensive (especially being used to DC prices!). i was able to eat for under $15 and even the 750mL belgian bottles i was getting were only marked up a few dollars from their bottle shop prices. if you are in the area, Mekong definitely should be on your list for at least a lunch visit!
04-01-2011 11:55:51 |
More by Jimmys
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Arriving at Mekong for lunch on a Saturday left me very skeptical, but I do not judge books by their covers. Headed in and was promptly seated at the tables near the bar. The place looks like your average Asian restaurant, but with beer signs thrown in to try to depict beer being their focus, place seemed slow and quiet for a Saturday afternoon. Finally ten minutes later someone came by to take our drink order. I order my beer and an appetizer, followed by entrees for my wife and I.
The food itself was very fresh, tasty and hot. I cannot complain about that or their massive beer selection between bottles and draft. Had a few beers and had planned to order one more but the waitress had already dropped the check off without asking if I wanted anything else, so I had to flag her down to order my final beer and have my check adjusted. Felt like I was being rushed off, which would be excusable to a degree if they were busy which they weren't.
I certainly would go here fairly often if I were closer than two hours away, but as it stands I won't be back until some Richmond BAs have an event there, they tell me that is when the place comes alive and is best experienced...but as far as just stopping in for a bite to eat and a few beers, I can think of many places that do it better.
Also, they need to go for their off-site license. There were several bottles I would have bought to take home if I could have.
EDIT: I have gone back since this review and had a much more enjoyable experience, when you go when they are busy it is a whole different atmosphere.
02-12-2013 20:12:11 |
More by Hanzo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Provides a unique combination of Vietnamese food and Belgian beer. The food is decent, but the beer selection is fantastic. It's a very large and popular restaurant/bar, and is usually always crowded on weekend nights. A go-to in Richmond. Highly recommended.
05-31-2013 20:05:02 |
More by McBraniel
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This is a fantastic place. The food is very good and they have a solid beer selection. The number of taps is nowhere near Capital Alehouse, but all are solid.
We usually order the Pho and you can get a huge bowl.It's some of the best in town. The other Vietnamese food is also very tasty.
This is a place where my kids love the food, my wife loves the food and I can get great food and beer.
It's in a nondescript old strip mall and has plenty of seating (its much bigger than it appears from the front).
I've been several times. They only down side has been that sometimes service has been a bit slow. Sometimes it doesn't seem they have enough folks working for the size of the place.
05-02-2012 22:03:58 |
More by EricP
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Easily one of the best beer bars in Virginia, if not the country. And I think the title of "bar" is maybe misleading as this really is a good Vietnamese restaurant that has a stellar tap selection.
I can't say enough about the tap list. Last night we had selections from Cigar City (yes -- six taps of CCB alone), as well as local breweries. Great selection of Belgian style ales including sours. Rare one-offs, too, such as the Kong Krush (DIPA made for Mekong). If you don't find something on tap that you like, maybe you should reconsider your beer geek status.
The food is excellent. Everything is appropriately spiced and the entrees are filling. There is something for everyone, too, including vegetarians. The carmelized tofu hot pot is not to be overlooked even by the more carnivorous type.
Service is more or less hit or miss; I remember it being a hit years ago when I went here a few times with grad school comrades. However, last night was a bit of a miss. I know for many of the servers language is a barrier and I am sympathetic to that. However, we would have liked another round last night but felt like we were being hurried out; the server brought the check right after he cleared our plates. There were plenty of tables open and no line at the door -- not sure what the rush was. But given all of the other pros of this place, I can live with this hiccup.
This is not only a great beer place but is unique in that the food served is not your standard pub fare -- a real gem of a place. If you are in RVA for any length of time, you are missing out if you do not make this one of your stops.
08-18-2013 17:38:26 |
More by Zraly
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
One of the best beer bars I've visited. It's in a nondescript strip mall in Richmond--a real hidden gem. Given that this place is a restaurant, the menu is fantastic. Actually, it's fantastic regardless. I spent a lovely evening there sampling the many Belgian beers. Incredible selection.
Get to know Anh (Ahn?), the owner. He knows his Belgian beer better than just about anyone. He travels to Belgian a couple times per year to select what he wants in his bar. He makes great recommendations, and the customer service is great.
Definitely a must-visit when you're in Richmond, or to make the trip down from in nearby DC.
02-24-2013 23:51:10 |
More by Beerstorian
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