Mot Hai Ba Turns Vietnamese-American Classics Upside Down

Wok free at Mot Hai Ba

The seafood can get messy, but it's worth the dry-cleaning bill.
Catherine Downes
The seafood can get messy, but it's worth the dry-cleaning bill.

Location Info


Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St.
Dallas, TX 75206

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: East Dallas & Lakewood


Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St., 972-638-7468. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $$$

Imperial pork rolls $6

Sizzling cake $8

Green papaya salad $7

Prawns $23

Shaking beef $24

Market crab $18

There it is. That's what you're looking for. While an Asian restaurant with no wok sounds like a French bistro without butter, the flavors you're experiencing undeniably conjure the heart of Vietnamese cooking. Authentic? Maybe. But you don't really care. You've just grabbed a second lettuce leaf and let your mind wander off to some quiet place where such things don't matter.

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Sounds interesting but pricey. I'm a sucker for cheap & delicious eats.

Quinn Bogar
Quinn Bogar

Hmmm..I wonder do they serve the lemonade ice tea.

Amanda Dalton Bowen
Amanda Dalton Bowen

They also have live music tonight! Thursday 8-10pm with Clate Bowen and Lounge Noir !

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I love the reviews, but... five of them about Mot Hai Ba?

scott.reitz moderator

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz There is only one review of Mot Hai Ba. It's this story you're commenting on now. Everything else is a blog post and there's a difference between the two. 

For these dish columns (reviews) I'll visit a place 2-5 times, and offer commentary as well as food criticism. Blog posts are less formal. They're based on a dish tasting, an interview, a press release or some other piece of information.

The lack of a wok at Mot Hai Ba is strange, but the food is undoubtedly interesting. If you evaluate what you eat and terms of freshness and quality of preparation, you'll be satisfied here. If you go expecting something like the affordable Vietnamese places you've already grown to love, you'll be disappointed.


@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz It really does seem like they've been going over board talking about this, there are SO many Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall places in DFW that I'm just not that interested in paying out the nose to eat at this fancy one run by white ladies who don't have a wok! Shaken beef for $23! Everything sounds good but not not double -the-price -of-a-normal-Viet-place good!