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Pho Vietnam opening tonight in Northampton!

Hoping this is a great new addition to town!

If I make it tonight I will be sure to give a full report..
Its where Taipei and Tokyo used to be on Main Street.

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  1. Please do report back. I'm wondering who is running it....really hope it is good and worthwhile.

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    1. re: saintp

      My coworkers and I went there for lunch today. (Today's opening came up in staff meeting, and we all knew what we were doing next!)

      The food was good, certified by my Vietnamese coworker. The pho broth was on the light side, but rave reviews on the spring rolls, which included both pork and shrimp (though a little light on the herbs). Vietnamese iced coffee was also nice, sweet, and strong. We all had pho (2 pho tai, 1 pho gai, and 1 pho with all the things--not the official name). We plan to return and review the noodle dishes. No banh mi sandwiches, alas, since everyone in town is calling random things banh mi based on very little evidence.

      The service was bumpy in the way you might expect on the first day. We agreed we'd give them a couple of weeks before we pass judgments on the service, but for now, we're glad to have viet food in hamp!

      What a perfect pho day for an opening too--despite the cold and rainy, my belly is still warm!

    2. Thanks! Perhaps we will go tonight on our way to se Lilly Tomlin. Butterfly veg didn't last long!

      1. My pho was very tasty, and the spring rolls were good but the pork could have been better. My wife's crepe was unseasoned and her mango smoothie was just OK. Overall, go for the soup.

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        1. re: fame da lupo

          I can't believe they ran out of beef broth tonight by 7pm! in case you're new to pho, no beef broth = no pho....which is like 1/4 of their menu. wow....a pho restuarant with no pho. come on...on a saturday night?!? service is sketchy, or rather they seemed very inexperienced. we waited 45 minutes for our main dishes. the grilled chicked dish arrived stone cold. very disappointing experience. they need to get their act together if they expect their customers to return..

          1. re: ronin01r1

            Growing pains, for sure. We got our food quickly but I had to get up and go get menus and ask for water. Running out of broth at a pho place is pretty remarkable, perhaps they didn't anticipate their popularity?

        2. We got takeout tonight and also had a really long wait, about 45 minutes. The fresh rolls were good but the vermicelli bowls were just average; I felt like they should have provided some type of sauce on the side since the noodles/veggies weren't dressed at all. Anyway, I'm sure we'll go back since it's the only Vietnamese option in town. They've just been open three days now so I assume the service will improve. The place was packed at 6PM with every table taken!

          1. I went on opening day at lunch and got the vermicelli with fried tofu to go. I've had pretty bland vegetarian food at Vietnamese restaurants before, but this was pretty great. The vegetables were great, the tofu was crispy, and the sauce was flavorful and spicy. I would have liked more herbs and bean sprouts, but I think I would have said that no matter how much I got! I'll ask for extra next time.

            I also wanted to mention that there's a new banh mi and pho shop opening on Route 9 in Hadley! I noticed the sign yesterday. It's in the same strip mall as Mi Tierra. Yay for Hampshire County Vietnamese food!

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            1. re: smittys

              I saw the Banh Mi shop last night too (signs said "coming soon"). Please be awesome, please be awesome (and please have BBQ beef style banh mi, pleasepleaseplease). Now all we need is an ethiopian restaurant and a couple of food trucks and I might die happy.

              1. re: mamacate

                yes, ethiopian, yes food trucks, yes please be awesome!

            2. Does anyone know who owns this pho place (pronounced fah, right?)? I was wondering if they are related to the Pho Saigon folks in Amherst or Springfield. Sorry for the luke warm reviews. It would be great to have a really good Vietnamese restaurant in N'hampton.

              I'm also hoping the new Indian restaurant in E'hampton will be good.

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                1. re: JunieB

                  Are they related to the Pho Vietnam in Danbury, I wonder? If so, Northampton is in for a treat. The Danbury location is just phenomenal for pho. Their light, cleanly flavored pho bo broth is head and shoulders better than any I've tried in NYC.

                  It seems like there's a pretty substantial Vietnamese community in this part of CT, interestingly. Does anyone know why?

                2. Went for lunch last week, and had Pho ( I believe Dac Biet, w/all the yummy tendons and entrails) and spring rolls. Pho (btw, pronounced just like the French 'feu,' as in pot au...) was definitely passable, with nice, deep beef and star anise flavor; perhaps a bit short on the funky cuts, but quite yummy nevertheless. Rolls were boring, under seasoned, and lacking in the usual tender/chewy pork cuts (juienne tripe, maybe?) typical to the dish, but a fairly minor issue. Coffee was on point. I guess my biggest qualm is the pricing (easily $3>S'field/dish), but perhaps they're getting shtupped by NoHo landlords. Glad to have 'em here, and praying to the culinary fates that the Banh Mi place in Hadley is for real.

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                  1. re: homesick for food

                    Went back again today (tail end of a cold...pho was exactly what I needed). The service was actually excellent--attentive, quick, friendly. Based on today at least, it looks like they've worked out some of the service kinks. Rent in Northampton is expensive, and it's a lot of food for the money so I'm not complaining about the prices.

                    1. re: homesick for food

                      Homesick, where is the banh mi place going to be in Hadley? That could be awesome, but I haven't read anything about it and I can't find anything online.

                      Gee, never mind, I just read an earlier post that says where it is, but Chowhound won't let me cancel my post. Ugh.

                      1. re: JunieB

                        We went to the Hadley place today (rather my spouse stopped by and brought back some stuff). It was good. I'm not a Vietnamese food expert though. It's in the strip mall with Mi Tierra and the halal meat market on Route 9, on the north side of the street a mile or two from the bridge.

                        1. re: jzzy55

                          Yes, I saw it the other day as we were passing by. What did you have? I assume it is just sandwiches? I've had some excellent meals in Vietnamese restaurants in NY & Philadelphia, but never sandwiches. I'm curious.

                          1. re: JunieB

                            I had a tofu banh mi. It had tasty ingredients and lots of good sauce. The bread was good enough after it was toasted although It's not real baguette. I was quite happy with the sandwich. My husband had summer rolls (what he called them) and said the rolls and the dipping sauces were good. He's been to Vietnam and has been very disappointed with the offerings around here so felt this place was pretty good. We don't love Miss Saigon in Amherst. Mediocre pho and if they can't get that right....

                            1. re: jzzy55

                              Sounds good. Will try it soon. I haven't had pho at Miss Saigon but I liked the dish I got there and I remember that my husband liked what he got. I think I had a rice dish, but can't remember what he had. I'm no expert on Vietnamese food but the 2 Vietnamese restaurants that I loved in Philadelphia didn't even have pho on the menu; not that I remember anyway. They were both like eating in someone's house. The Vietnamese families who ran the restaurants were often feeding the kids or having their own dinners when we went there. Very intimate and authentic. And so so good. I've never had Vietnamese food like it anywhere else I have lived.

                    2. Went again last week, and took some food pix. The first is a chicken and rice dish my friend ordered, the second is my PhoGai, already doctored up with lots of sriracha and hoisin, and half-eaten. Sorry, I was hungry. :)

                      Friend is gluten-free and was not glutaminated by her meal!

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                      1. re: mamacate

                        Thanks for the photos! I wish more people would post pictures. Looks delicious and reviews sound like they're going in a positive direction. Maybe my husband and I will get around to trying it this week.

                      2. Hi Let us know I am from RI and each year we go to Umass Amherst to conduct a chefs training and have dinners in North Hampton. In RI there are no good/safe Asian restaurants to have dinner so we await your report.

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                        1. re: Frank Terranova

                          I though the pho was just fine. Tasty and fresh. The price was $9.25 a bowl which is high for pho but I'm not complaining. It's not the X in Springfield or some run down section of Hartford or Worcester where rents are cheap. It's still a meal for under $10 which in this town is all I can ask for. I'll be back.

                          1. re: Big Fat Moe

                            Thanks Moe,
                            We will give it a try. There some nice places in North Hampton each year we check a new place out.

                        2. Finally ate lunch here today. Strange experience. The food was prettily served but almost tasteless. I had a chicken and rice dish. The chicken was blah. The accompaniments were dry looking tomato/cabbage/cucumber, with a watery dipping sauce that had very little flavor. I had a green ice tea. No flavor whatsoever. It could have been tap water. The server was very sweet and the restaurant is a bit more formal than Vietnamese places usually are (nice paint colors, low lighting, and the usual tacky paintings found in all ethnic restaurants). I can't see going back there again. The food was just...nothing.