In the new plaza around the T&T Supermarket there are a largish number of restaurants. I plan to get around and try all of them eventually. I've been to the awful chain restaurants with co-workers of little taste, and tonight decided to stop in at Pho Viet for something a little less blah.
I'm not an expert on Pho by any stretch of the imagination, so my judgment may be suspect, but I did enjoy the meal. I ordered a grilled chicken paste appetizer and got something entirely different - cold shrimp rolls - that were very good despite not being what I ordered. The fillings were crisp and cool, and the wrapper was not at all slimy. A sweet pepper dipping sauce reminded me of Thai restaurants, and compared unfavourably to most of them. I'm not a big fan of hot food, but a pepper sauce should have a little heat, no?
The jelly drink was interesting, and good. The jelly wasn't particularly flavourful, but the liquid, which had a coconut and tapioca kind of flavour was wonderfully creamy and sweet. The drink was beautiful, too.
All the Pho options were priced the same, and primarily involved various cuts and cooks of beef or chicken. I opted for the rare beef and beef flank (being not quite brave enough for the tripe, and not quite understanding why I'd want to eat tendon). The broth was rich and strongly flavoured, with lemon grass tones, and not too salty. Near the end of my meal, I discovered that I'd been given a wedge of lime with my soup, and squeezing that in added a fresh new dimension to the broth. The medium sized bowl was way more than enough for a meal on its own, I should have ordered the small size. The beef was nothing special - thinly sliced as you'd expect with Pho, and cooked in the broth.
The restaurant is new and decorated in a rather trendy style. It's not particularly warm and welcoming, but it's not as sterile as many of the restaurants in the area. The service was efficient (other than the messed up appetizer, which I never bothered to correct) until I wanted to leave, then I had to work to get the bill.
At $15 for an appetizer, a huge bowl of soup and a fancy beverage, as well as the green tea included with the meal, the price was more than reasonable, and could easily have been much less.
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