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Oxtail Pho at Phorage

Ciao Bob Aug 7, 2013 02:23 PM

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.

 
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  1. Porthos RE: Ciao Bob Aug 7, 2013 02:32 PM

    If you ever make it down to Westminster, Pho Thanh Lich does a killer oxtail pho and a killer pho ga (dark meat of course).

    1. PeterCC RE: Ciao Bob Aug 7, 2013 02:50 PM

      What?! A photo with a review? What have you done with the real Ciao Bob?!

      Almost went there today. Instead, went to Kiriko.

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        chrishei RE: PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 03:04 PM

        What?!? I do not believe this. Looks like I'll have to find out for myself - I work nearby anyways.

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          PeterCC RE: chrishei Aug 7, 2013 03:19 PM

          Lunch tomorrow?

          (I have to say I am very impressed with their website's design. http://phoragela.com/. Nice dynamic HTML coding and responsive layout.)

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            chrishei RE: PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 03:23 PM

            I closed the page when I saw the Yelp quote.

            Would prefer not to, but if you insist (you should pick me up)...

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              PeterCC RE: chrishei Aug 7, 2013 03:27 PM

              One of the Tsujita as planned then? I prefer ANNEX but you can choose.

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                Ciao Bob RE: chrishei Aug 8, 2013 09:18 AM

                If you go today, look for my Dad...I think you'll note the resemblance. He said he may have lunch there.

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          TracyS RE: Ciao Bob Aug 8, 2013 10:10 AM

          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.

          1. carln RE: Ciao Bob Aug 8, 2013 02:22 PM

            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.
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              taiwanesesmalleats RE: carln Aug 8, 2013 03:20 PM

              This was my exact reaction when I tried the oxtail pho a few weeks ago. The oxtail pieces were tender and the broth itself was fairly rich, but it lacked the spices/flavorings associated with pho like anise. It really just reminded me of a good stock with noodles in it.

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