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Mar 28, 2012 10:58 AM

Dayton - Pho Mi Vietnamese Restaurant

Just read the review about a new Vietnamese restaurant in the Dayton City Paper. The name of the place is Pho Mi and was wondering if anyone has tried it yet? It's behind the Dayton Mall and I wasn't even aware of it until I read this article. What really blew me away was the line saying it's "operated by the same family that ran Wah Fu".

I can't wait to try this place, the Wah Fu was a very interesting place to eat for a variety of reasons, but mainly because it was a cheap tasty lunch in the downtown area.

If anyone has tried Pho Mi, what did you think?

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  1. I've carried out from there shortly after they opened. I can't remember exactly what I had, but I did enjoy it. I've not been back simply because I am of the mindset that I'd like to try a new place each time I go out if I can help it.
    I had no idea they were owned by the Wah Fu folks when I tried it, but I found that out as you did. Unfortunately, they don't add your bill up using an abacus as Wah Fu did. But I am definitely inclined to return soon, now. I hope they make it. That location has not done well for previous tenants.

    1. I was there ~3 months ago. I was quite happy with their Pho.

      1. Had lunch today at Pho Mi. We had a fresh spring roll, and shared a bahn mi and a bowl of chicken sate soup. The spring roll was ok; a bit too thick and not enough herbs for my taste. The chicken sate soup was pretty good and served with a plate of sprouts, ciliantro, thai basil, and jalapenos, but I thought the broth was a bit one-dimensional compared to the broth at either Linhs (on Airway) or Little Saigon (on Woodman Dr). The bahn mi was pretty good, served warm, and with liver pate. My only complaint about the sandwich is that the pickled veggies were too sweet for my taste. All-in-all, it's fine and if it was close to my house, I'd probably go back, but both Linh's and Little Saigon are closer and IMO, better. Although we didn't indulge, noticed that beer was very reasonably priced (I think $2 for Tsing-Tao; didn't see Singh Ha).

        1. I went there for lunch not too long after it opened and it was merely okay. The fresh spring roll was fine, as I recall, but the pho broth was as Niki said-- noticeably less flavorful than Linh's. The accompanying plate of bean sprouts, fresh herbs, etc. was also a bit skimpy, which is one of my pet peeves.

          The location is very convenient for me, but honestly, don't think I'll bother. Pho in Dayton is a bit depressing to begin with and this wasn't too impressive even for Dayton.

          4 Replies
          1. re: Aria

            I wonder if transitioning from running a Chinese restaurant for so long to a Vietnamese restaurant is the issue.

            1. re: Fibber McGee

              That's certainly possible. I'm not familiar with Wah Fu and I don't know the owners, but Chinese vs. Vietnamese present different challenges.

              1. re: Aria

                Wah Fu was a small, family run Chinese restaurant on Brown Street that was taken out for Miami Valley Hospital expansion a couple of years ago. Wah Fu was the very definition of a hole in the wall and looked scary based on the setting and the neighborhood, but their food was excellent. It was the kind of place where you say "I'm not going in THERE" but it was pretty good.

                1. re: donw9876

                  While I was there I asked the young man who served me about the connection with Wah Fu. He said his parents were the original owners, but had sold it to his aunt about 10-15 years ago. I don't think I was there when his parents owned it, the first time I went was maybe 9-10 years ago. He said the lady who was always there when I went was probably his aunt. He also said his uncle who did all the cooking at Wah Fu is now working in the kitchen of Pho Mi.

                  I had the Pho with meatballs and a soft shrimp roll. To me it was very similar to both LInn's and Little Saigon. I usually add Sirachi and Hoisin sauce to my pho and that would probably cover any defieciency in flavor.

                  Being as I live near WPAFB and both Linn's and Little Saigon are a lot closer to me I will probably continue going to those places more often than Pho Mi.