Reopened in late winter 2012 after leaving its original Oakland location because of landlord issues in 2010, Le Cheval is truly like no place else in the Bay Area. Businesspeople, large families and couples alike gather in the lively warehouse-like structure, spinning family-style dishes on lazy Susans. Authentic Vietnamese, sometimes beyond the limits of less adventurous American tastes, is the menu's subject. (Don't be alarmed at the sight of fermented snakes in the aptly named snake wine, for instance.) Multiple pages of soups, stews and noodle dishes featuring various meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables may be a bit daunting at first glance, but the descriptions in English help. When in doubt: The famed Bo 7 Mon, beef prepared seven ways, steals the show.