So, as I stay in a hotel in Metairie until my apartment lease starts in New Orleans, I started to crave pho. My throat is hoarse, my head is pounding, and my stomach wants something warm. I looked up some pho places for Metairie, and saw that pho tau bay had a branch here..but I knew that a few have closed after Katrina. I tried to hunt it down, but no luck. I drove by Vietnam Cuisine at 3808 Veteran's Blvd. My standards for pho are not high...when I'm desperate, I'll order some from August Moon on Prytania.
I walk in and am handed a take out menu. From the start, I know that this is a bare bones operation. Lots of menu items are crossed off. All menu items are some sort of derivative from one or all the dishes. There are 4 appetizers, which are egg rolls and three kinds of spring rolls. Under the "Noodle" Entrees, all the dishes are sauteed [choice of protein] with cold noodles and fresh vegetables. There is only one kind of pho, which is with rare beef.
Okay, I think, the menu may be sparse, but maybe the food is really really good. I really wanted chicken pho, and the waitress suggests getting a clear soup with chicken. I also order the rare beef pho and sauteed chicken with cold noodles and fresh vegetables.
I take it out, and go home to eat. I taste the beef pho....the worst, hands down, no question, that I have ever put into my mouth. There was way way way too much cinnamon or cloves in the broth. I threw it away after one sip. The clear soup was good...but it was clear soup! The sauteed chicken with noodles and veggies was, what can I say, good, but something I could have made myself. I have to note, I don't cook, so if I could make it myself, it is pretty unimpressive.
With the exception of pho, the meal was okay. Overall I paid $25 dollars. Let me just say, this was not a $25 meal. I would have preferred to go to the supermarket to buy 10 cans of progresso chicken noodle soup.