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Pho quen -- great sauce, disappointing pho


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Pho quen -- great sauce, disappointing pho

tandoori girl | Aug 26, 2003 11:50 PM

I took your advice, hounds, and tried this new place (which I think I've mispelled). Sorry to say that I thought the pho lacked the true simplicity in style and depth of flavor that I've come to appreciate in good pho. I ordered seafood, which is not my usual choice, so perhaps that was a sign that things were aschew -- in addition to shrimp (which seemed to have a slight medicinal taste), squid, and fish ball, the pho also had large brocolli flowerets, snowpeas, and spinach, none of which was listed on the menu, nor mentioned by my waitress in the extensive conversation we had when I'd ordered. So though it was the opposite of getting not enough food (and how bad can that possibly be), it was a bit disconcerting to be expecting one thing then get something all together different. And, quite frankly, I like a simpler, less embellished pho. I thought the broth was a bit watered -- the basil, lime, sprouts, and peppers were ample and fresh and that brought it to life. The spring roll was fresh but so-so -- the peanut sauce, though, was absolutely the best I've ever had. A nice thickness with hints of real peanuts, surely from a kitchen food processor and not from a bottle (confirmed by my waitress, whom I don't really trust to tell me the truth). And for that one reason alone I hope to go back soon so I can see if this restaurant can rise to a deeper sophistication with time.

And get rid of those old bar signs from the previous restaurant -- just paint them, for gosh sakes!

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