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Mod, industrial counter-order joint for casual Vietnamese fare at communal tables, or for takeout.- Google
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Ben Tran
reviewed a year ago
Ever since I moved in November of 2012, I've always passed this unopened place when going into Chinatown. Just today, when heading over to Chinatown again, my friend and I found that it is now opened. So what do we order from a Vietnamese restaraunt? Pho! Of course! But upon ordering, I immediately realized we had made a huge mistake. Huge red warning flags should have popped up in my mind when we first entered. But I was so excited to eat at a new Pho restaurant, that I didn't think about it. The place is set up like a modern cafe; a comfortable and relaxing eating environment. The restaurant has with large plastic spoons and nice packaged chopsticks to use. A bowl of ' beef pho' is $9. ($8.95 if really picky). As soon as you confirm your order, noodles are thrown into boiling water and immediately scooped out into a bowl. I notice that these noodles look thin... too thin for Pho noodles. Then what came next surprised me. Chopped LETTUCE and broiled beef were added to the bowl, then broth that came from those heated soup containers you see at a cafeteria. When we sat down to eat, I was like 'Hey, whatever, it doesn't need to be authentic. It's sort of like Mei Mei's and I can go along with that'. Huge mistake. Taking a bite out of the noodles is like taking soaked brittle straw and chewing on it. The rice noodles crumble, like one of those really cheap noodles you get in instant noodles. The texture is almost like pins and needles. The broth lacks any sort of flavor. In attempt to balance the soup, the beef is treated with some sort of super bitter and salty taste. The effect makes your face cringe as though you ate something really sour, except it's more like just taking a bag of salt and putting it on your tongue. The texture was chewy cartilage and not good at all. Overall, this is a large bowl of crappy instant noodle soup. I am appalled that this beef bowl is even called Pho on their menu. What you pay for is fast food convenience (Pho was prepared in 20 seconds), a better atmosphere and seats, along with some fancy utensils. For $9 dollars, I can get a bigger, tastier, hearty, savory, rich, authentic bowl of Pho at Xinh Xinh's, and only 5 minutes away in Chinatown I would never recommend. My friend and I could not throat down two bites, and I offered that we head down to a real restaurant in Chinatown, my treat. This is the first time I've ever thrown away a full bowl in disgust and walked out to eat at another place.
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