Its small, but larger than it seems from outside. There are about 10 tables, and theres not much in the way of atmosphere. They have been open 2 years, and theres a small wood clapboard sign out front that says PHO Ngoc Anh. On the menu are a number of types of pho, bun, banh mi and rice dishes. There are also various appetizers including Vietnamese spring rolls and eggrolls.
The first time I ordered the grilled beef bun with eggrolls. The beef was very tasty, and served over vermicelli noodles which were tender. All this was over a bed of lettuce and herbs which gave it a nice exotic flavor. It was served with 2 cut-up eggrolls in the bowl. The meat in the eggrolls had a spiced pork flavor that I enjoyed. Alongside was served some sauce to pour over the dish. It was good and gave the dish a certain sweetess. I liked this dish, and it was $5.95.
The second time I went, I ordered the beef banh mi. As I ordered, the lady (owner) asked how many I wanted. I was tempted to order 2, since they were only $2.95, but decided on one, thinking I could order another one later if I was still hungry. Im glad I only ordered one, as it was served on a fluffy 8-inch roll. The meat and filling to bread ratio was a little off, though. The sandwich was mostly bread, with the filling serving the purpose of flavoring instead of being the main ingredient. But the flavor was good, and given I wasnt starving, it was fine. Next time, Ill also get an order of Vietnamese spring rolls.
And of course, I need to try the pho.
Pho Ngoc Anh
Valley Boulevard, about a mile south of Temple