House Special

Came here for lunch with some friends and it wasn’t busy at all.

I decided to get both the house special as well as try the spring rolls.

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Spring rolls – with nuoc cham sauce and side of Vietnamese herbs and greens for wrapping ($7)

The spring rolls were freshly fried and nicely presented on a bed of cabbage, lettuce and mint. I wasn’t sure at first if the vegetables were just decoration or not but based on the menu description online they’re meant to be for wrapping the spring rolls. The greens — cabbage in particular — didn’t seem that fresh.

The main part of the dish though — the spring roll — was quite good. It was hot and crunchy on the outside but the inside had a lot of filling and a strong pork flavour. My main complaint about the spring roll is that the ends seemed to have quite a lot of dough and was quite chewy.

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House special ($13) – rice noodles, beef broth, rare round steak, brisket, beef balls, tendon, tripe, bean sprouts, onions

Next came the House Special. I liked the pho but it was nothing spectacular. The beef was okay — some of the slices were soft but some were quite tough.

The broth was just the right seasoning but it wasn’t that hot. I don’t think I got much if any tendon or tripe in mine. The noodles were pretty good — they were just slightly thicker than noodles at other pho places and were springier in texture but seemed to also absorb liquid more quickly. The beef balls had to be my favourite ‘topping’ as they were well seasoned and the texture was springy.

Overall, I liked the food here and will likely return, although it was also quite expensive for pho.

Food: 3.5/5
Value: 2.5/5
Overall: 3.3/5
Would return: possibly

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