The expectation was properly set: low.
Come on: Pho Fresco?
Walk in at 6:00pm, no one there except a girl at a back table. Of course the back is not so far back. There are 5-6 tables. Okay, no more than 10.
We wait a short time, and are then *seated*?
The guy serving us (lets call him Lostifer) is more interested in the girl at the back table, but makes a good try at taking our order.
The menu is pan-Asian. There are lots of things to order. The missus wanted pho, and seeing as how the name of the place includes that word, the order was clearly within the okay dishes. I was set on bun (Vietnamese noodle dish). Even though the bun was on the menu, he suggested another dish, which was essentially galbi (Korean short ribs). So galbi it was.
Let me just say this, which may be anathema to other hounds: Its the whole experience.
I like a gritty experience, and my expectations are calibrated to the place.
I like a classy experience, and my expectations are calibrated to the place.
With this place my expectation was high as we arrived; but after getting inside the place and dealing with Lostifer it was reduced to the point that I didnt even expect to finish my meal.
Of course with such a low expectation, youd expect to be overwhelmed every time.
Let me just say this: The food was pretty good.
The pho was not the best weve had, but it was the best weve had in our area (Hollywood/Los Feliz, etc.). The galbi dish (I wish I could remember the actual name of it) was as good or better than those weve had in K-Town.
It seems like this is one of those places where the chef has no say about how the restaurant is run, but is nonetheless very good in his or her own right.
Were probably not going back to this place, but it was interesting to experience a new restaurant in our area.
Hillhurst, south of Franklin