Michigan’s “Little Vietnam” (Madison Hts.) added another restaurant this week-- Pho Viet, on 13 Mile Road at Ryan. This place long has had a tiny entrance with a sign saying “DJ and Karaoke Supplies,” while inside maintaining a nice, gigantic space with a night club liquor license and a stage for small live Vietnamese acts. I don’t much about, and that’s probably by design, since I’m a gringo.
Now that it became a restaurant as of this Wednesday, everyone is welcome and I certainly encourage you to check it out. Today I had a big bowl of brisket Pho (yes, unadventurous) and personally found it to be very tasty (but I’m no expert). $7.50. May not be the very best I’ve ever had in life, but certainly worthwhile, and I’ll soon return. I also had fresh spring rolls ($3.50) and they were excellent.
When the rolls arrived I thought I had been slammed with an up-sell, because they were big and contained fresh shrimp and pork (there’s a more expensive deluxe version, but according to my bill I indeed just got the regular dish I ordered). Yum. The environs are comparatively squeaky clean, too.
In addition to the squirt bottle of Huy Fong Sambal sriracha sauce there also was what seemed to be a homemade version offered in a little dish, and it was wonderful…just what my Pho needed. They had a homemade looking Thai chili paste, too, but I didn’t try it.
The owner “Michael” is the same person who started the nightclub with his partners. To get this restaurant going, they brought in a kitchen startup specialist. This Vietnamese chef (“Vincent”?) has launched twenty other Vietnamese restaurants, mostly in California and Texas—places that REALLY know Vietnamese food. Note: the floor staff’s English is startlingly poor, but that’s a good sign, right?
Anyway, I’m looking forward to a review from Vietnamese food expert Black Lily, assuming she is at liberty to post about this place (she’s probably closely tied in with the Vietnamese food community, so taking sides may be a touchy issue). But, I know jjspw won’t hold anything back! Head over there, guys.
Pho Viet’s website is not up yet. Hours are M-W 10am to 11pm (nice), and Thu-Sun 10am to 1:30am (Wow!!). 586-558-8115. Right next door to M.H.’s Sweet Dreams Bakery. Cheers
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