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Laval's got a gorgeous new Vietnamese spot for street food and towers of beer, 123 DZO

New Vietnamese chefs and owners are on the scene in Laval with 123 DZO, serving street food and drinks inspired by beach city vibes in Vietnam.

JP Karwacki
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While has one more new restaurant worth visiting under its belt with 123 DZO, a Vietnamese restaurant and bar that arrived in Laval last month.

Far from another address to go and grab phở and bánh mì, owners and chefs Tam Nguyen and Steven Le are focused on delivering "authentic Vietnamese Street Food straight from Vietnam," they told Time Out Montreal in an interview. "We would love to bring a new wave... with the most Vietnamese style that you cannot find anywhere else."

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Hailing from the beach city Nha Trang, Nguyen and Le arrived in Montreal 12 years ago and came up with the idea for their current street food-forward restaurant: "1,2,3 dzô (Một, Hai, Ba, Dzô) is something people usually scream out loud" to say cheers, the owners explained. "People scream louder every time another table does that is because it also means 'our table is cooler than yours,' and then it continues. With the loud cheers like that, the restaurant's vibe gets better and more fun for every diner."

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The menu's based around sharing plates, from beef served on sizzle cast iron plates to papaya & beef jerky, mango and ceviche salads. The main attraction, according the the owners, are the skewer platters with betel leaf-wrapped beef and pork and the clams served in a basil broth.

As for the drinks, "we have cocktails that are named after the cities in Vietnam with a very similar taste of each city it represents, and we also have a 3L tower of beer" lit by LEDs. Right now, it's Ladies Night every Thursday all ladies get a free pitcher of sangria and every Saturday has groups of 4 people getting a free tower of beer. 

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123 DZO is located at 2121 Boulevard le Carrefour, open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm to 10pm and closed on Mondays.

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