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Madras Cafe (Pompano) and Pho Nam Do (Lauderdale Lakes) N. Broward

s.m. koppelman | Mar 7, 200501:19 PM

Just a couple of quickies:

Finally tried Madras Cafe on Powerline near McNab in Pompano based on recs here. We went for a lunch buffet over the weekend. I'm not usually a fan of buffets, Indian or otherwise. This one's a keeper. Good variation among sauces (the butter chicken is terrific, the cauliflower in a different, spicier curry than the usual at these things). Firm vegetables and lentils, tender meat. Very good veggie samosas, not the usual one-dimensional flavor to the filling. They bring out dosai and puri for use with some nicely flavorful dips and fillings. Best Indian I've had in Broward. I'm eager to go back for a dinner, maybe for one of their Wednesday regional buffets. Lotsa flies in the bathroom, though.

Pho Nam Do, on 441 south of Commercial in a plaza just north of the one with Silver Pond and Saigon City. I was jonesing for Vietnamese on Thursday, but that's the day Saigon City is closed, so we went to Pho Nam Do right up the block instead. I've been there before. Unlike Saigon City with its broader menu, Nam Do is just a noodle shop with pho and other soups, bun and rice dishes. I've always found it good enough and no more, a cut above the nearby chain Pho Hoa, but no Saigon City.

It still holds that middle ground, but I'm upgrading 'em a bit. The summer rolls were decent in most respects save for disappointing medium shrimp. but the seafoody pho ga variant and the vermicelli with lemongrass chicken were both vibrantly flavorful, not oversalted, and fresh-tasting. Both exceeded expectations, and at a $17 tab for two I'll be happy to go there again.

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