|Photo taken of the interior, from Yelp.com|
Phoenix has long suffered from a lack of good (or, rather, any) Vietnamese restaurants. So, imagine my surprise and delight when my mother informed me that there was a "new little Vietnamese place" which had opened up in a nearby strip mall. From the front, the place looked a bit dubious. Dark glass and no menu outside doesn't exactly help in a mall where your neighbors are a "Cash for GOLD!" place and a dentist. But once you enter, oh my. You could immediately tell you were going to get a good meal. The only minor downside was the bizarre "framed" tv set (as seen in the photo to the right) which was playing daytime soaps. As we had been seated directly in front of it, it was hard to ignore (and really whatever Brad was going to say to Tiffany's evil twin on this week's Days of Our Lives, I really couldn't have cared less).
As previously mentioned, I'm a bit of a sucker for Asian soups. Coconut-based confections especially, but really anything with noodles, vegetables, and perhaps a bit of protein (hey, even tofu counts), and I'm sold. When I opened the menu to discover that this place specialized in Vietnamese pho, I knew I had found the right place. The soups are served fresh and hot, with cilantro, lime, and bean sprouts (all authentic, I'm told) with a variety of condiments on your table so you can adjust the spiciness of your dish as you see fit.
And so, the sad lack of (good) Vietnamese restaurants in Phoenix has ended. Huzzah! My trips home will never be pho-less again.
20235 North Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85024-4424