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Jun 17, 2008 11:10 PM

Pho Show: A Quick Hit

First of all I have to say I liked it. Though I was wary of posting my first review here since I was very late in jumping on the Pho Bandwagon since in my early years I had a distaste for thai Basil. but My taste has matured. Plus I wanted dommy! there to have someone to work off of but alas she was galavanting at the Getty for work. We'll go back next week

But it is a modern interior with the Glow of Bamboo colored paint on the wall. The service was very friendly but had the undertone of nervousness of opening a restaurant. The Menu was Decent Looking with a selection of Pho, Bun and Com entrees Plus Apps rolls and salads. Plus a Nice Surprise Mexican versions of Coke 7-up etc

I ordered the Shrimp spring roll [Goi Cuon Tom], a small Pho Show Dac Biet [rare steak, brisket, tendon, tripe and beef balls], plus a bottle of 7-up.

The food came very quickly and at the same time. The spring rolls were smaller than most I seen but half decent and I'm not sure but I think they made a curious peanut sauce combo but it will require further investigation [tasting]

The the soup [I ordered a small but it was a decent sized bowl almost enough to share] came with a caddy and a plate of condiments, On the plate were jalapenos Thai Basil, lemon, and bean sprouts. in the Caddy was Fish sauce, Chili sauce Chili Paste and a Hoisin like sauce and it was good that all the acccoutrements were there since the broth was a bit weak. It didn't have a beefy flavor I was hoping for but I was able to doctor it up satisfactorily.

Total bill $16 plus tip. Not bad.

I will say again I liked it and hope for their success since Culver City is in need of some diversity [not only in restaurants but in many other aspects. ]

Take Care

- P.

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  1. I'm a little unclear where you went for this. Can you post restaurant name and address?

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    1. re: gsw

      Sorry, I was tired when I posted last night.

      Pho Show
      4349 Sepulveda Blvd
      Culver City CA 90230
      (310) 398-5200
      No Website listed

      11:00 am -10:00 pm 7 Days

    2. wow, how do you get a $16 bill from that?

      8 bucks for the pho, 6 bucks for the spring rolls, a buck for the soda, + tax?

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      1. re: ns1

        1 Small Pho $6.95
        1 Order Spring Rolls $5
        1 Bottle of 7-up $2.25
        Not having to Schlep to Little Saigon for Vietnamese food: Priceless

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Overall, doesn't sound too bad if you tack on the west side tax. Bottle Mexican sodas is about a quarter more than I'd expect. With gas prices these days having something nearby equates out cheaper anyway.

          We're within walking distance so we'll happily pay the slight upcharge for the convenience and savings as long as the food is acceptable.

          Otherwise, it's load up at Banh Mi Che Cali on my way up from OC.

          Thanks for the great report and pricing.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            I'll have to say, MiLA, that you can do a hell of a lot better for less a lot closer than Little Saigon, though maybe not within bicycling distance! From Chinatown through the SGV, we've had gallons of darned good pho and never paid over five bucks a bowl, except once when I got greedy with the beef balls. At the moment I can't quite decide whether the Pho 99 in Alhambra or Vietnam Restaurant in San Gabriel is my favorite...I think it's just whichever one I'm eating at now!

        2. I just drove by there last Saturday on my way to Fathers office coming from LAX. The name " Pho Show " got our attention and made us laugh, I was wondering how it was. Thanks for your review.

          1. do you know if they are open for lunch? if so, i may take a walk over there today.

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            1. re: carln

              They Open @ 11am. Post your thoughts I am curious for another opinion

              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                Just tried Pho Show and I tend to agree with you, particularly on the pho--the soup definitely needed the addition of some of the condiments to add character to the too weak broth. I started off with the banh xeo, which was fresh and tasty but a tad undercooked/mushy. The place is brand new and will hopefully correct the kinks but the broth is the main thing they need to work on.

            2. thanks for the heads up. sure beats schlepping into the sfv for pho. i'll have to give them a whirl when the pho craving hits!