It was my friends 25th birthday recently, and we were pondering dinner destinations when So Ba was mentioned. I had never tried So Ba, and I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food, so I was all in. Settled on the back end of the East Atlanta Village, So Ba is one of our hidden gems. I had heard of So Ba because at night it also doubles as the Octopus Bar. On their website, they describe the Octopus bar as a restaurant that “represents the intersection between a local eatery and fine dining.” So I guess it’s really two different restaurants that are open at two different times.
Entering the restaurant, there is nothing that really sticks out. I always disliked the previous restaurant because of the atmosphere, but So Ba has taken some steps to increase the quality of the restaurant, and the outside is really very nice (if it’s not too hot). At first, I noticed the menu titles were not in English, and this always excites a real food enthusiast. The descriptions are in English so it’s not a complete gamble, and you can always order by the number so you don’t have to embarrass yourself futilely attempting to speak Vietnamese.
Everybody I ate with got the Bún ( Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli) so I had to switch it up with the Broken Jasmine Rice dishes. I really had no idea what I was getting into, but I figured pork chop with a sunny side up egg had to be delicious, and it was. The Bún with grilled pork and eggroll, which everybody else consumed, was also delicious. The portions are hefty, and the prices are right on par with the food. This restaurant is definitely a must try hidden gem.