4218 Piedmont Ave., 510-654-2681 This sleek gem in Piedmont’s “gourmet gulch” is a visual and culinary stunner. The dining room oozes hip urban swank yet manages to feel both exotic and comforting, terms that aptly describe the food as well. The menu is rooted in classic Vietnamese cuisine but has a stylish, western sensibility. Xyclo’s selection of rice paper rolls is a great place to start. Other standouts are the green bean salad and the seven elements, a deconstructed version of a roll with seven ingredients (shredded coconut, cashews, tiny dried shrimp, chili peppers, diced fresh ginger, red onion and tiny triangles of diced limes) in a leaf of lettuce. Other great choices include bun cha Hanoi, Xyclo chili ribs or “tumbling dice.” Xyclo is one of Piedmont Avenue’s bright lights. Lunch and dinner daily.