Hai Yen

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Hien Ngo, owner of this Argyle Street Vietnamese restaurant, named the place with an Asian expression for "good food, good life." Within the crisp dining room done up in dark wood and white linens, the phrase translates into a wide variety of beef, seafood, poultry, noodle and soup dishes. Start with shrimp pate wrapped around sugar cane or soup heaped with crab, shrimp and rice noodles. A signature dish, bo bay mon, is a seven-course meat-lovers feast that includes beef salad, hearty beef porridge and a seasoned and grilled beef main course. Most selections come with a variety of garnishes and sauces (ask your server what goes with what), and many are cooked over a flame at the table. Finish with dessert or a latte or frozen drink in flavors such as mango or honeydew capped with tangy fruits. Frozen bubble tea "lattes" and Vietnamese-French coffee with condensed milk are most popular among regulars.