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Posted by Andrew on 03/26/2010
Regarding the two reviewers who were quarelling over the proper way to serve pho, yes, it is true that pho is typically served with the meat in the broth. HOWEVER, the meat is raw when put into the broth. It is the pipping hot broth that cooks the meat. So you are both right to an extent. The meat is served typically IN the broth. But it is placed in the broth raw, not cooked.
Posted by Kim on 02/19/2010
Food was really good. The pho is above average which is a strong compliment; both because I'm Viet, cook Viet food myself, and as there are not many places with really good pho outside of Chinatown or even outside of CA for that matter. Other food there is good as well. I have no idea what the below reviewer is talking about regarding the "proper" way to be served pho with raw meat separate. That is not the norm by any means and is not how they do it at any legit Viet restaurant anywhere; NY, CA or even Vietnam.
Posted by mid town office on 02/16/2010
I ordered vietnamese pho... which has a certain way it is prepared. This was not prepared properly. the meat was thrown into the broth in chunks so the slices all stuck together. Normally, the meat is brought separately from the broth, to be put in just befor you eat so it doesn't get tough. Also there were next to no bean sprouts and there were no greens for the soup. The broth was also greenish, which I've never seen before (it tasted ok though).
Posted by cather on 02/11/2010
I have now eaten here about 5 times (going back tomorrow with friends, for that matter). Most of the food is very good and tasty, reasonable prices, and the place is very pleasant. Love the vermicelli noodles, good pad thai, but skip the papaya salad. Just doesn't have enough flavor, and too many carrots. And check out the desserts - surprisingly good sometimes!
Posted by Susan Y. on 12/01/2009
if you're sick of the same old, same old, give this restaurant a try! The decor is dark wood and trendy...looks deceiving b/c when you walk in, it looks like a pretty small place but there's a back part to it with skylights and outdoor seating (probably in summer time). The food is delicious and affordable. We went in a group of 5 and it came out to $15pp including tip and tax ( and we gave more than usual for tip). The waitstaff is friendly and attentive. Will DEFINITELY come back for lunch!
Posted by TMN, NYC on 12/01/2009
I just came back from OBAO. I had ordered the Vegetable Summer Rolls tofu, jicama, mushroom, mint, BUT did not get summer rolls i got fried vegtable rolls. I was quite upset, i did not want anything fried, and Summer Rolls are always fresh not fried veggie rolls, sometimes wiht shrimp. I was starving so ate them, and they were quite good, very crispy and tasty. I also ordered the Laos Spicy Grilled Beef Salad, did not like this, could not eat this. The beef was practically raw. There are no greens in this salad,just the meat, pinapples, grapefruit, cumcumbers and crispy rice. I will bring this home and see if my boyfriend wants it. Site of " almost raw beef" made my stomach squirm. I will go back but will be clear with the staff that i want Summer Rolls/NOT FRIED and will try another dish also. Place seems good, people inside eating their noodle dishes seemed pleased and portions seemed decent.