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Phoreign, a review

mar52 | Dec 20, 2005 12:05 AM

The traffic going home from the Valley on the 405 was awful.

About Wilshire I remembered reading here about Phoreign opening on Sawtelle.

I immediately exited the freeway.

Luck was with me as the first parking spot in the strip mall was empty.

Since finding Chowhound and following Das Ubergeek's recs, I've been trying Pho Tai all over the city.

Entering Phoreign was unlike any other Pho restaurant I've been to. It was nicely decorated with a long bar the length of the place. Tres chic!

Along the wall were tables for two which is where I chose to sit as there was only one family dining at that point. I didn't want to sit at the bar by myself. It was 6:10PM.

I was too big for the table.

The chili and hoisen sauces were in covered glass condiment bowls. I'm not fond of sharing communal condiments with people long gone.

The menu was very limited.

I ordered the Pho Tai and Iced coffee with condensed milk.

The coffee came first and I'm sure it was half & half and not condensed milk. It still tated good.

Next the Pho was brought to me. Nice presentation!
On one side of a large oval plate was my bowl of Pho and on the other side was a square bowl with the sprouts, etc.

The bowl of Pho was very small and the first thing I noticed was all of the grease floating on the top. Well, this might add flavor so I tasted it. Wrong. I squeezed in the lime and added in all of the jalapenos and herbs. They didn't help. The grease shined through.

So where are the noodles? I love the noodles! There were only enough to maybe fill the spoon 2 times and they were too hard.

The rare beef was a tiny "roll" smaller than a golf ball that I had to unwind. If I didn't have enough noodles, you know there wasn't enough beef.

The Tiny Pho bowl was $7 and the coffee $3.

No one else came in while I was there.

When I left I noticed that all of the other restaurants in the mall had crowds.

Not good. I won't go back.

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