Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pho Thaison - Restaurant Review


Heard about this restaurant through an acquaintance who is a relative of the owner. Was excited to potentially find another go-to restaurant for Vietnamese food. We tried it out during lunch on Tuesday.

The restaurant needs some remodeling. Everything looked old and shabby and the vinyl booth seats were repaired with what looked like black duct tape. There were a lot of flies in the restaurant.

It took a while for our food to arrive - at least 20 minutes, which is quite long if you have just an hour for lunch.

The shrimp spring roll ($2) was a nice way to start off my meal. It was soft and yummy, and I really enjoyed that they served it with warm peanut sauce. My chicken pho ($9) was average sized and came with all of the usual sides (bean sprouts, jalapeño slices, basil, cilantro, and a slice of lime), but I did have to tear off a few slimy leaves from the herbs. 

My husband's chicken vermicelli ($9) was about half of what other restaurants served, and the fish sauce was way too sweet. It wasn't enough for him and he ended up finishing my pho.

The restaurant served a complimentary bite of dessert with a small cup of green tea to end the meal - a nice touch.

Overall, pricier than other comparable Vietnamese restaurants, and the food isn't good enough to justify the higher price. Wouldn't order the vermicelli again, and it's usually one of the dishes we crave. Disappointed.

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