Make this Oakland institution, an emporium of traditional Vietnamese cuisine, a go-to destination to impress guests, but be forewarned you’ll be competing for their attention in a noisy, cavernous space. Ever-crowded, Le Cheval is a good choice for large parties, with table turnover occurring at lightening speed. Quickness is a Le Cheval tradition: Once you order, dishes arrive at a dizzying pace. Great appetizers for sharing are the goi cuon (shrimp rolls); bo tai chanh, a marinated raw beef dish pepped up with ginger, sesame and onions; and the hot and sour soup, Saigon style. For big eaters, try the ample seven courses of beef or five courses of seafood (two-person minimum). Mint, cilantro, peanuts and nuoc-nam make their way into the vermicelli dishes, and there is no shortage of noodle, stir-fry or claypot dishes here. The extensive menu offers beef, poultry, fish, shellfish and calamari in wide-ranging styles, from special-sauce simmers to curries and stews, all guaranteed to make a lasting impression. Lunch Mon.Sat., dinner daily.