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Wok the Ph贸?
October 8, 2009, 1:59 am
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Food *****
Beer Selection ****
Service ***
Atmosphere ****
Eye Candy the way you’re slurping?

***** WOW | **** Damn Good | *** nice | ** average | * WACK

What is better than a big, steamy bowl of goodness? Nothing according to Anthony Bourdain. Neat, simple, and brightly lit, Ph贸 Cafe dishes out just that: big bowls of action packed ph贸, including vegetarian friendly options!

First, the place has no sign which makes it terribly hard to find. However, the glowing interior shines through the glass storefront to help catch the eye. Upon walking in the first thing I noticed was that they carry a great (and my favorite) Asian light lager, Taiwan Beer. For some reason or another this is not a common beer to find in restaurants. Needless to say, this delighted me greatly and was enough to rank them high on the beer selection 馃槢

I went with a bowl of the whole shabang, rare beef, meat balls, tendon, and tripe…then added tofu. Of course, it came with the requisite sides of basil, bean sprouts, jalape帽o, and limes (all fresh, juicy, and aromatic). The broth is nice. Not too salty nor lacking in flavor. All the while maintaining its clarity, as you can see from the pic above. All the usual condiments reside on the table (Hoisin, Sambal, Siracha), but the broth is good enough that you don’t have to add any sauces except to make it spicy. I can say now that the addition of tofu was a bit ambitious and I left with an uncomfortably full belly. Don’t get me wrong, at around $8 a bowl I’m not at all complaining.

I would easily return to Ph贸 Cafe as this has been the best ph贸 experience I’ve had in LA. Cheap, clean, simple, and delicious, it has all the right ingredients. The place is pretty popular so expect a short wait and don’t plan on bringing the whole entourage.

  • 4 people is a good sized party
  • Plan on waiting if during peak dining hours
  • Date friendly
  • Same plaza as Rambutan Thai