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Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St.
Dallas, TX 75206
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Kathy Tran


  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday.
  • $$
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Reservations Required
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 3: Vietnamese tradition meets modern, seasonal inspirations at Mot Hai Ba, a tiny neighborhood spot in East Dallas run by Serbian-born chef Peja Krstic. But that description doesn’t quite convey what’s so special about one of the most creative restaurants in town. As some of the city’s envelope-pushing chefs turn to more conservative concepts, or abandon restaurants altogether for the daredevil world of pop-up dinners, it’s rare to see a kitchen dedicate itself to a first-rate style all its own. At Mot Hai Ba, French imperialist history in Vietnam translates to a true dialogue between the two cuisines’ best natures. And the drinks program makes the most out of its limited space, with a short but appealing cocktail list and a handful of wines chosen to pair brilliantly with the food.

Top pick: It’s hard to say, because the menu changes with the seasons and with Krstic’s inspirations. Banana flower salad, grilled duck hearts and a low-and-slow braised lamb neck are reliable favorites.

The downside: The dining room is so small that a table can be hard to snag, and the “chairs” — they’re actually footstools — will punish any diner with even the slightest hint of a back problem.

Fun fact: Banh xeo, a crisp, savory crepe, is almost irresistibly tempting, but it’s so huge that it’s best ordered by either a hungry person who doesn’t want to try anything else or a very large group that wants to try everything.

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