Pho Bo Vang
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- Pho Bo VangMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 1First to ReviewJul 12, 2013
I'm not Vietnamese, but for any crazy pho lover the pho must be exceptional. Secondly, Who goes to a place that has Pho in the name to order fried rice? EatPho people! PhoOOoo-Shizzle! Before you think I'm a harsh critic take the time to my review...
I am a loyal Thanh Binh II fan. Not because it's better than every place in Westminster, but it is THE BEST PHO IN LAKE FOREST. I attempted to try something difference and see what all the fuse is about. Pho Bo Vang was getting great reviews. Why not?
When I first drove up to this restaurant you better know what you are looking for. It's located in a shady questionable strip mall. Not a ideal place near a thrift store and other rundown businesses. Although, tutto famiglia next store looks bomb. I could really go for some homemade hole-in-the-wall Italian. The parking lot was packed. I was thinking wow! There was actually a wait outside (restaurant is pretty small though). And you have to sign up on a small paper list, kind of like when you go to small sushi restaurants. All good signs so far. I saw Asian people another plus and require to authorize any Asian cuisine. Cough* PF Chang. Cough* BS!
Here goes nothing.. Here's the Throwdown of Thanh Binh II vs. Pho Bo Vang! Yeah it's on. Nobody Pho-k Up! It's going down and somebody's getting Served!
PRO (Pho Bo Vang wins)
-CLEAN! This is an understatement. VERY VERY VERY CLEAN! Tables are clean and don't look old. Very fashionable high end Asian/Japanese type table setting and dinningware. (This doesn't effect the taste nor does it matter. This is Pho not a fine Filet Minon.)
-Nice presentation. The condiments and side veggies are very clean and crisp. The hot sauce looks like a new bottle and not like refilled bottle from 10 years ago. Even the meat in my Pho was lined up neatly similar to like bowl of Japanese Ramen. HMMm. I wish I had Ramen.
-Service is friendly and quick to clean tables, but smelling ozone killing chemicals while trying to eat in a small restaurant, BAD IDEA! Soup and water would be fine.
-The rare beef steak is RARE!!! That itself is rare a lot of pho places give you well done even when you clearly ordered RARE!
-Meat is good quality but lacking on quantity.
CONS (Thanh Binh II wins)
-A bit pricey for Pho, which is traditional cheap.
-THE KILLER!!! I was ready to give PBV a 4 or more rating, but the one thing that matters most in Pho. Not the meat, not the amount of noodles, and not the hot sauce... THE SOUP!!! The soup should taste like it took 48 hours to make and came out of a small kitchen in Vietnam. The soup should look like a meaty broth. PBV looked like water and chicken both. At least throw some MSG in there, because this soup lacked flavor!!!! I was in disbelief. I tried to add more condiments and plum sauce to make the soup look the part. EPIC FAIL.
-You call this Extra-Large? PSSHH! You charge me 9 bucks and I could eat another meal after this. Sadly, I accidentally ate a small meal before, but polished this INSULT off easily. TB2 wins by a landslide, normal people 2 or 1 me can finish their Super Bowl.
-Ordered Egg Rolls and PBV looked like Chinese egg rolls. Viet egg rolls taste a little different and sometimes have more meat and you can usually wrap it in fresh veggies. PBV CHARGES FOR extra wrap lettuce! It says a BUCK MORE on the menu itself. Are SERIOUS???! When was lettuce not free with the egg rolls? PBV you can take that cucumber and SHOVE IT!
Conclusions. I don't think I will ever go back, but if I do I'm actually going to skip on the Pho and just order a rice plate. That's against my Pho rule, but if you make soup like PBV.... At least, use can Pho broth like other places. Approved for non-Asians. Cleaniness tends to attract more customers because of an A Health rating not for the food. It's about the food people. Wake up.