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Dec 8, 2009 01:24 PM


Dont go.

New "vietnamese" restaurant opened on Beverly Drive and Santa monica Blvd. Serving "pho" and salads and entrees that come complete with soup salad and appetizer. We had the beef "pho" which was really just colored water with a few slices of brisket. We even had to request the standard accompaniments of Sprouts, Basil and Jalapeno. We also had some chicken entree with black beans. There was a Bahn Mi I saw on the menu at the counter for $9.00 I didn't see it on the menu we were handed. Bottom line, another watered down ethnic place that will end up leaving everyone unsatisfied. Oh yeah the service was pretty bad too.

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  1. thanks for taking one for the team. i live all too close, and was considering trying in the next couple of weeks... guess i'll pass. too bad.

    1. Bahn Mi for $9 ?! That's insane. But if there are people dumb enough to buy it....

      1. I think "pho" and "Beverly Hills" were all I needed to know.

        Sorry you had a bad meal.

        1. I know exactly how you feel... oh boy... do I... Thanks for the report back!! :)


          1. Well, certainly LA Times' Linda Burum thinks quite differently:

            "simple yet excellent pho menu "
            "pristine freshness and modern garnish"
            "flavorful broths"
            ... &etc


            (I haven't been there, so please don't kill the messenger)

            9 Replies
            1. re: RicRios

              "The presentation of the phobo is something to behold. A vat of steaming beef broth holding chewy quartered meatballs comes to the table and alongside it a plate of carpaccio-thin sliced lean beef. "Swish the meat slices in the broth and they'll cook," says our waiter. We do, and a few minutes later the soup is ready to eat." (LA Times)

              Yeah, it was nothing like that for us. The meat was already in the soup and not much of it either. Also we had to ask for the sprouts et al. we got two whole basil leaves. No hoisin but the table next to us had it. Also the entrees state it comes with soup, I had to ask multiple times for the soup. I finally got it after desert.

              I think for me part of the problem is I like the tendon and tripe. I don't like food that is so heavily westernized. Come on this is Los Angeles not Idaho. We are used to ethnic food and we actively seek it out. I'm not Thai nor am I a chef but I make a more flavorful pho broth.

              1. re: trojans

                read the LA times review right before you posted...and our gut says we trust your opinion more.

                1. re: trojans

                  Bad Puns = Bad Pho. Especially puns that really don't make sense when the name of dish is pronounced correctly. Right now I am thinking up bad puns for Bun Bo Hue or Bun Tom Thit Nuong!

                  I don't even mind if the food is westernized a bit. I've taken people to Gingergrass before they are ready to 'take the plunge' and go for the authentic stuff. Of course, I have a couple of cool friends who can go straight to the 7 Courses of Beef and the "stinky sauce". I will say that if the broth is watery, what's the point of eating Pho? No matter how good the beef or noodles are, if the soup isn't spot on, then it is not a good bowl of Pho.

                  "Chicken Entree w/ Black Beans"? In Vietnam, people eat beans for dessert (Che). That would be like pouring Hershey's syrup on a pork chop.

                  As far as a $9 Banh Mi goes... Maybe I would pay a bit more than Banh Mi Che Cali if I didn't have to jump in the car to the SGV, but it better be good.

                  Plus, if you have to ask for veggies, something is wrong.

                  1. re: bsquared2

                    We don't need a "9021Pho" or an "Absolutely Phobulous"...what we really need is a good Pho-Q!!!

                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      Hood one Ciao Bob. How about pho get about it.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                        Pho-geddaaboutit is right....What about a Vietnamese candy shop featuring chocolate Phodge? ;-D>

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          There is Pho Kimmy in Little Saigon. I wonder if it was originally called Pho Kim and somebody clued them in about the name.