My wife, the professional chef, had a terrific jones for Pho today so we toodled over to Pho 75, the place just above Rosslyn on Wilson Blvd., where we've been eating noodle soup for years. The first thing my extremely discerning wife noticed: no aroma of star anise when we entered the joint. When our bowls of soup arrived at table (extremely quickly, I should add), my wife didn't even need to taste it to declare she would neither eat it nor pay for it: no star anise, or any other discernable spice in the broth. Just a heavier-than-usual beef flavor. I concurred. The waiter looked stunned. He fetched a management person who replied--very indignantly--to our query: "That's the same soup we make every day." We figured, perhaps they had run out of star anise, or used something out of a can, or it was the chef's day off. But we never learned. The management woman did not entertain a follow-up, and simply walked away.
Ruefully, we ate our soup, but decided there are too many pho restaurants. We won't be going back to Pho 75.
Anyone else had this problem?