I went with two friends last night to Pho Hoa Hiep II...one friend had been there before. One friend and I split two beef pho, one with meatballs, one with thin sliced steak (served raw on the side). Overall a pretty good bowl of pho, though not the best I've ever had. Broth seemed a bit oily (my friend who had been there before made this comment too) and wasn't as flavorful as other broth I'd had before in Boston. Still, a very nice meal. The other friend had vegetarian spring rolls which looked good, although I think they charged the same price even though she ordered them without shrimp or pork.
After dinner we headed to get bubble tea, ended up choosing i-Cafe. I had taro milk tea, friend had a passion fruit slush. The milk tea itself was okay (the purple variety, as opposed to taro flavoring mixed with real tea) and the boba were also okay, but not spectacular. They were a bit hard on the inside and a bit too mushy on the outside. The passion fruit slush was pretty good. Is this the best there is in that neighborhood?
I would love to know who's got the best bubble tea in that area....I usually order jasmine green tea, sometimes with a flavoring like taro or passion fruit, sometimes with milk and sometimes without. I'll probably be back in that neighborhood in the next few days so it would be great to know where I should head....other outstanding bubble tea recs in the city would also be appreciated (in this thread or a new one)
Pho Hoa Hiep II is on Irving St. between 19th and 20th Av, i-Cafe is also on Irving between 20th and 21st.