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Viet Q disproves the foodie rule that pretty Vietnamese restaurants are likely to disappoint. The dining room is smartly painted orange and gold, with slate floors that appear to crawl up the walls in places. An amuse-bouche of papaya salad keeps you company as you read the menu. Move on to the juicy, aromatic “grilled beef wrap grape leaf” appetizer and a plate of deep-fried salt and pepper squid. The spicy “Viet Q special noodle soup” offers a tangle of noodles and beef slices in a hot, chile-red broth. There’s plenty for vegetarians too. The clay pot tofu and rice dish is to die for. (Alibi Staff, September 16, 2010)