Evan reported a substandard bowl of pho at 777 on a post from about a week ago (link below).
I am down with a serious, very nasty bout of flu. Have been in bed-basically immobile-for almost 2 days now. Ate virtually nothing through these two days. Finally dragged myself outdoors for some fortification.
Ended up at 777. Mind you: I am in no state to be reviewing a bowl of pho given the throbbing headache, pains everywhere else in my body, a stuffed up nose. But certain things struck me as being all wrong immediately. The meats were all crudely cut and seemed to be improperly cooked. The brisket slices for instance should be slow-cooked to such a state that the fibers stretch/fan out luxuriously. The oddly-cut squarish pieces tonight remained tough and chewy. I was shocked to find the heart of the halved meatball cold as if it had been thrown in at the last moment straight from the freezer. The broth was cloudy, suggesting improper par-cooking/rinsing of the noodles. The only kind of cloudiness permissible (and in fact desirable) in a bowl of pho is from the proteinaceous matter from the long-cooked meat. I could not taste the broth properly and so will refrain from making any comments.
It's the same family; the same old man at the cash register. They were all playing some kind of board game at one of the back tables. It was about 6. The place was empty when I walked in although there were 3 occupied tables in all by the time I left.
I WANT to like this place. On Wiv's recommendation, I shared a fantastic plate of bo tai chanh with Cathy last spring. Please tell me that it's just my flu and that 777 has not gone downhill.