Stopped in today after pedicures. I live in Cambridge and don't like Pho Pasteur in Harvard Square, I like the Vietnamese place in Arlington even less. I am SO GLAD to have tried Pho Yan in Medford. I think Aromatherapy mentioned this is not a destination spot, but hooray for the area.
Fresh rolls were made fresh (unlike most places)- the wrappers were still a bit warm. Served with more of a hoisin sauce topped with shredded carrots and ground peanuts. 2 rolls for $3.50. My shredded combo salad was great - the green & purple cabbage was shredded so thinly that it was more like fine noodles. Perfectly dressed (fish sauce, mint, etc.), presented on an oblong plate and covered with a strip of poached chicken, then sliced beef, then shrimp halves, all covered in finely ground peanuts.
Friend had beef chow fun which was decent, had good enough flavor, but the noodles were a bit overcooked for me. I wouldn't go for this side of the menu.
Drinks were a great limeade for the friend and I had a fantastic salty lemonade (made with pickled lemons, according to the menu). Did I mention that I threw back about 4 bourbons at Redbones last night (before watching the midnight crit around the square)? Talk about a hangover cure--salted lemonade is IT!!
Also noticed they offer a few different types of coffee - Vietnamese roast as well as Cafe du Monde - pretty cool.
Total pre-tax was about $23.