I wanted to try Pho and Cafe Saigon, upon the recommendation of our friend Jake and the pre-tested menu by Josh. It’s also only a few block from our house, so it was the choice place to impulse buy dinner before I had to jet off to roller derby practice.
Since this was my first real foray into ANY kind of truly Asian restaurant, I was a little intimidated by the curt service and the fact that the people who frequent this joint really are Vietnamese, and speak the language. I can only imagine how obnoxious us whities are to the owners (who did set up a restaurant in the middle of Penn-land, so I guess I can’t feel too sorry for them).
Josh and I kept it safe. He got a rice flake platter, and I went for the brisket Pho. I like “nasty-bits” so I probably would have really enjoyed some beef tendon, but I will just have to go back for it. Not that going back is going to be a problem: This Pho was delicious! The brisket was tender, and actually what I am always expecting when I order brisket at a BBQ place. The condiments we enjoyable. The noodles were chewy, had a nice texture and really soaked up the flavor of the broth. And that broth! I also really enjoyed how hands-on Pho is. It’s kind of cathartic to go through the ritual of adding the noodles, hot sauce, meats, and bean sprouts into the broth, letting them soak, then eating slowly with chopsticks and a spoon.
We got take-out this time, so no opinions are really necessary on the decor or service (although they had some pretty sweet looking fish tanks in there). All I can say is, if you haven’t gotten in on the Pho craze yet, you definitely should try it out at Pho and Cafe Saigon.
Menu (from menupages)