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pho anh dao on 27 in NJ

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pho anh dao on 27 in NJ

claire | Dec 2, 2004 09:29 AM

Finally got up there last night. Even with the address, we were a little confused as to where exactly it was, but we found it! The soft spring rolls were good, though i felt like they lacked something (mint? basil?) that's usually in them. Nonetheless, they were crunchy and springy both and the dipping sauces were tasty. the peanut sauce was not, for once, cloyingly sweet. The green papaya salad was served differently than I'd had it before, the papaya was more julienned than in other versions. Beef jerky was served atop and was a little sweet and apparently extraordinarily salty. We tried the Vietnamese pancake--yellow from egg yolks or curry, couldn't tell, and stuffed w/bean sprouts. it was so-so, nothing remarkable but tasty enough, again, a bit salty. We also had the lemongrass squid which was great--just the perfect texture, not too chewy. yum. the grilled chicken atop mini-rice noodles, which turned out to be almost like a little sheet of noodles was so-so, the chicken a bit fatty and chewy and too sweet.
In all, it was a good meal, though I felt like the apps part of the menu was tastier. Granted we didn't eat that far-ranging through the menu and would like to try the Pho next time. The major criticism i have is that the food was SO salty that I woke up in the middle of the night, had to drink two big glasses of water, and then was up for 2.5 hours! I called my dining companions this morning and found that they had total salt-mouth too! Though as I ate more of the beef jerky, mine was the worst!
The service was fine, nice people, and prompt. You don't feel rushed at all, which is great. The place was about 1/3 full, but what do you expect around 8pm, which was when we arrived--people don't eat out too late on weekdays around here!

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