Oxtail Pho at Phorage
I had the OTP at the new Phorage today - and I loved it.
Great stuff - two big hunks of well cooked, meaty oxtail, and plenty of gelatinous fat, slowly melting into the fragrant broth with fine rice noodles and condiments - darn near perfect.
I ain't a Faux Know It All by any means (well maybe, I am) -- I will leave it to others to debate the expertise of the broth vis–à–vis the best of the SGV/OC Pho Slingers -- but to me it was aces.
Just got back from lunch at Phorage. I also had the oxtail pho but was a bit disappointed. Although the oxtail was nice, i thought the broth definitely lacked flavor. It needed more star anise and Cinnamon for sure. Without a tasty broth, you really cant have good pho.
We also had their imperial rolls that were pretty good but all in all, if i need to scratch my pho itch on the westside, i think Nong La does a much better job than phorage. Not sure i will be going back.
I had the oxtail pho at Phorage as well.
The broth was good and meat was generous, but the richness was overwhelming me about halfway through and I had to swap plates. Maybe a hazard of ordering oxtail, but I don't remember feeling that way when I've had it in past.
On a side note, the other dish we ordered was the grilled pork vermicelli which had virtually no noodles, as I think was noted in another post. It was more like a salad with a garnish of rice noodles which was really disappointing.
Overall it was a gentrified and pricey version of Vietnamese that didn't quite do it for me, and my feeling is that the other Viet places on the westside do it at least as well, if not better at a better price.