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Pho Huong Nam Albany

Anyone been? Groupon available

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  1. It was ok. Nothing above the average local VN fare. We shared 3 different things. I don't recall what they were (over a month ago). Friendly server. I'll probably return at some point, as it has an excellent convenience factor.

    1. Was just going to ask about it after spotting it last week. In any case, here's a photo of the nice looking facade.

       
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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        same owner of vh noodle and van houng oakland

        1. re: ThaDu

          Interesting, then I'd expect it to be better. Do you think it's as good as VH Noodle (Richmond) and Vien Huong (Oakland)? Have you tried Pho Huong Nam and is it straight up VN or does it have the same Viet-Chinese specialties?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            they tried to make it different from vn noodle. they don't have viet-chinese like orange duck or fish cake or kidney. they have spring rolls rice plate pho soup. even vh quality depend upon who is in the kitchen .the owner himself in the kitchen when they first opened vn noodle

            1. re: ThaDu

              Hmmm, the only things I've had from the earlier places are the orange peel duck noodle soup and the teochew noodles though it has been some years. Wonder why they'd change a winning formula.

      2. Slow service cited by yelpers not in evidence tonight at early dinner. Pho good flavor with toothsome noodles. The goi cuon were loosely wrapped but the peanut.dipping sauce was one of the best I've had with a little touch of heat. No groupon coupon difficulties.

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        1. re: wolfe

          Good enough for you to return without the discount?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            With my easy to please palate and it's proximity to my home yes. I do wish they had ban xeo as a regular item.

        2. pho tai gan(6.75) was the typical beef flavored, five spice infused, msg/rock sugar concoction.

          noodles weren't al dente. tai pieces large.
          food portion and quality just average,. international is a better value.

          first time seeing an amiga working in a vietnamese eatery.

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          1. re: shanghaikid

            Thanks. Then you've not been eating much in San Jose. Many latinos working in Vietnamese eateries.

          2. Windows covered over, some sort of sign in the door. Seriously, what this area needs is something like a Tu Lan East - the price/quality quotient for Berkeley area VN (typical plates) just isn't there. (I probably mean taste, not quality.) The exception is a few Banh Mi shops.