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Pho Lemon - review

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Pho Lemon - review

jacinthe | Mar 22, 2005 07:30 AM

On our quest to hit as many new (and of course, tasty and interesting) restaurants before we must lived this lovely town, my friend and I, after “studying” (read: planning her birthday party) last night, walked down the street to Pho Lemon, as it was on our list and goshdarnit, we’re going to get through it (which sadly keeps growing as I continue reading this board).

It’s located near the Kendall movie theatre, which I find to be a rather desolate part of town. The restaurant itself is not very decorated, but we weren’t necessarily there for the décor. No, we were there for some good Vietnamese food, and one of us had read about this place somewhere.

It was rather easy to place our orders – the grilled shrimp paste with sugarcane to start, and then we split the pho dac biet (forgive me for lack of accents), and the sliced pork in a clay pot with lemongrass and onions.

The appetizer came out nice and promptly – it wasn’t the dish I was used to, as other times when I get this the shrimp paste is actually wrapped around the sugarcane, which you then pick up and eat rather like a drumstick. No, here, the shrimp paste was artfully arranged over the grilled sugarcane, and while it tasted good it was a touch too greasy (as this dish really shouldn’t be greasy).

The pho was great – nice flavourful broth, good and plentiful pieces of random meat (thin slices of beef, meatballs, and other assorted meat products that I like, I’d just prefer not to know what they are). The clay pot dish was awesome – the lemongrass definitely came through and added a nice kick to the dish. It was served with a bowl of rice, which was unfortunately on the drier side, but good for sopping up the sauce.

They have a limited wine and beer menu. There’s also a long list of intriguing fruit juices and shakes – avocado, lychee, longan, jackfruit, and the like.

Were circumstances different, we’d definitely return – ah, but the list. We’ve gotta get through it first.

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