Village North opened on Convoy late last year, replacing Vibe Asian Fusion. Since we are always looking for a place to eat late night (a.k.a. “post-badminton noms”), I was really excited to see that Village North opens until 12:30AM on weekdays, and 2AM on Friday and Saturdays. We visited for a late dinner with a couple of friends during their soft opening period back in December.
I had read Kirk’s reviews of this place and was particularly excited for the “dongbei” food – Northeast Chinese cuisine, which I’m actually not super familiar with. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we were told that they stop serving most of their menu after 10PM – only the dumplings, skewers, and cold appetizers were available. Sad face… especially for my friend who was craving hot food/beef noodle soup.
Beef Skewers 牛肉串 [3/$5]
Our friends ordered these spicy cumin beef skewers, which they enjoyed.
Pork & Cabbage Dumplings 豬肉白菜水餃 [$9.99]
With the limited options, we decided to try out the dumplings – three flavors are offered: pork, shrimp, & chive, pork & cabbage, and beef & green onion. I played it safe and chose the pork & cabbage – these were pretty decent, though not particularly memorable. Our friends tried the version with pork, shrimp, & chives and had the same feeling.
Green Onion Pancake 蔥油餅 [$6.99]
Our waiter mentioned that this was one of the dishes that they could make for us, so we ordered one to try. This took a long time to arrive, but it was quite delicious – it was so crispy that I suspected it had been thrown into the deep fryer. The layers were flaky, and with plenty of green onions scattered throughout. The portion size was also quite generous – our group of four ordered two of these and had a pretty hard time finishing.
Multicolor Clear Noodle 五彩拉皮 [$11.99]
Finally, we were surprised with this “Multi-color clear noodle” dish, which was on the house since our scallion pancakes took so long to arrive. This cold noodle dish featured wide glass noodles, egg slices, wood ear mushrooms, stewed pork, sliced carrots and cucumbers, and served with sesame paste. I really admired the knife skills of the cook who prepared this. As for the flavor, I thought it was quite good, though there was probably a bit too much cucumber. We really appreciated the kind gesture of giving us this dish since we waited so long for the scallion pancakes.
Overall, we had a pleasant first visit here to Village North, although it was too bad that we didn’t get to try their full menu since it was too late. We’ll have to return again during regular dining hours to try more of their dishes!
4428 Convoy St, Suite 330, San Diego, CA 92111