Pho Ba Dau
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- 98%Local Culture
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Member Reviews (3)
- Pho Ba DauMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Mar 10, 2014
My private physician always eat here during lunch. Recommending this is his favorite spot for Pho. I decided to take my mommio here after her bone density test.
Mommio ordered a bowl of Pho Tai Ve Don while I had a bowl of Pho Tai Chin. The broth was good and the portion was terrific. Only one thing that was annoying was their thick slices of meat which makes it difficult to chew on. I preferred thin slice of meat because it doesn't make the meat chewy.
Not only do they served Pho, but hamburger as well. I have never seen a Vietnamese Pho restaurant serving hamburger. I think it would be a good place for kids to eat if they don't want to eat Pho.
- Pho Ba DauMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
Pho Ba Dau and Pho Cong Ly are the same place. It was originally Cong Ly, but to honor the senior lady matriarch (Ba Dau, in Vietnamese) and mistress of the establishment, it is now Pho Ba Dau, or Pho Ba Dau Cong Ly.
I guess some people expect the prices to be dirt cheap, since it is a Ma and Pa Pho place. But it isn't.
It isn't the cheap dive because Pho Ba Dau serves Pho unlike most other places in the the Silicon Valley. Their Pho dish #1 is a good example:
- they use rare slices of Filet Mignon instead of cheap bits of round steak
- It includes savory pieces of Ox tails with meat falling off the bone
- they use fresh, house made flat noodles, like from the North, not dried clumps
- they give you those long razor edged greens that cost more for your condiments
Consequently, the Pho broth had excellent flavor and taste! And the noodles were silky and slurpy, not chalky and clumpy in a tangled ball like most Pho dives. The Filet was delish and the Ox Tails were savory, too! So all of this offers you a different Pho experience from 95% of Pho places.
And since this is the 98th DIFFERENT Pho establishment I have eaten Pho in, I can speak from a lot of experience about this being unique and tasty.
They also have fresh squeezed juices, like pineapple, carrot, strawberries, etc. Not that powdered flavored Sinh To many places serve with Boba balls.
And yes, they also serve American foods, like steaks, burger and fries. Sort of like the first Chinese restaurants here served Fried Chicken and Sweet Sour pork in the same place.
Plus I was with 4 Asian females, 3 of them Vietnamese, and they all love Pho. And I was perhaps the only Low Fan (foreigner) Male in the place on a Friday night. So the girls and the other patrons probably agree with me more than the cheap haters who gave this place a low rating. Or, the people i was with just know how to order here?
To each his own. Food and dining reviews are a personal, time of experience thing. No two experiences are exactly alike. And opinions are like a*sholes, everyone 's got one! Troi Oi!
Me, I would come back and order the Pho #1! Uniquely delicious! Just get someone else to pay for the extra couple of bucks for your bowl, if you are fortunate enough like I was tonight!
- Pho Ba DauMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
It is really good. You can ask for fresh pho noodles which is tasty. A little pricy compared to your typical pho place, but good. The broth also tastes very clean to me, like it doesn't have a ton of MSG.