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Phoreign and Chabuya on Sawtelle Review

Alice | Dec 16, 200512:56 PM

We decided to try Phoreign looking for a quick bite on Sawtelle. The decor is much improved from Best Bowl. It reminds me of a scaled down HGTV $1,000 makeover room. We ordered the egg rolls, pho, and the crepe with beef and shrimp and onion. The egg rolls were a bit overfried but not bad especially for the area. The pho broth was actually very good, I thought. The crepe was interesting, kind of like an omelette with onions, shrimp, beef inside, which then you slice it up and wrap it in rice paper. It was pretty tasty.

After the meal, we chatted a bit with the waiter, and even though it's not called Phoreign, this is indeed the same Hanoi Cafe that moved down the street. They have added numerous menu items though. And I did think the pho broth tasted better, but then I haven't had Hanoi Cafe in a long time, so I don't really recall.

We were quite disappointed in the ramen at Chabuya. The soup was extremely salty and really undrinkable, but underneath I could tell there was good broth in there. We even asked for more broth which they gave us, but even then it was too salty to drink. The shumai were pretty good, and the gyoza tasted homemade, so they were both enjoyable.

We did let the waiter know that the broth was way too salty and he did say that he's heard that quite often, so we hope they will be able to fix this soon. We would like to give it another shot, but hehe hoping for other chowhounds to report back with unsalty, flavorful broth first. =)

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