Taking the advice of several people on the board here, my husband and a friend and I ventured to Pho Viet Huong for dinner this past Saturday night. As most of you know this took keen bravery given the temperatures outside. Fortunately a close parking spot was found and we "hot-footed-it" to the Mulberry St. restaurant.
It was clean, bright, comfortable and fine. Not too crowded when we got there but getting increasingly so as we stayed on. (We arrived at 7:30 btw)
Things went downhill from there. It's not that the service was bad - it was ok at the least. It was just that we were confronted with this huge menu and we realized we didn't have the slightest idea of what to order. We wound up getting way too much food. We ordered summer rolls, oysters in black bean sauce; green papaya salad with beef; shrimp with lemongrass in a claypot; a duck dish; and mustard greens
The best dish by far was the green papaya salad. It was spicy but subtly so, the beef was crispy and flavorful and we all liked the combination of flavors. The summer roll was gummy, the oysters were huge and overbearing, the shrimp with lemon grass was just too spicy; the greens w/3 mushrooms were good but a bit bland. The duck dish was good.
So...where did we go wrong? How MANY places?? Is the restaurant just not good and/or did we order wrong? What do you recommend? Any other Vietnamese places we should try that you think are better than this? It was a disappointment.
One last question -- we saw a lot of people eating pho adding heaps of chili sauce and greens etc. to the soup. Is this the proper way to eat pho? What is customary to add to it??