Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pho Viet Anh

Pho Viet Anh is a small, not quite hole in the wall pho restaurant with ultra-attentive service and a super clean kitchen. They offer a choice of broth and a choice of meat and you can even go vegetarian if you want. They also have other options on the menu like various spring rolls (fresh or fried), fried rice and noodle bowls.

On our first visit I chose a large bowl of pho with spicy broth and meatballs. I love spicy food but this broth was not what I would describe as spicy though it did have more complexity to it than standard pho broth does. If you feel like pho but want a little more flavor and kick to your soup then this might be the fix. For our second visit I had a large bowl of pho with regular broth and brisket. The brisket had some serious grisle to it which is a little awkward to manage in a bowl of soup without a knife and fork. It would be a pretty easy thing to correct by just cleaning up the slices. However, I think this is an American preference to have all reminders that you are eating an animal removed from the meat being consumed. Menudo anyone? The broth is served with lots of herbs and a huge pile of rice noodles in it and the portions are very generous.

I am never very excited about meat that comes to me in pho. When I get excited about meat it is an over-the-top delicious steak or amazing ground meat mixture in a bolognese sauce. Cheapish meat served in asian restaurants has never tantalized me. However my husband, who is what I would describe as a pho ninja, loved this pho and specifically  the meat. He always orders the tai and thought it was better quality than the usual fare.

We also ordered some fried vegie rolls which I loved. They were crispy though not as hot as I would have liked them to be, served with a delicious dipping sauce and super crispy cabbage leaves that looked decorative but actually tasted perfect with the rolls. They had vegies and noodles inside and were golden brown on the outside. They came out immediately which is good and bad. They were obviously pre-prepared instead of being made on the spot which explains why they weren't super hot.

The ultra-attentive service, super clean kitchen and great pho make this one of the best pho restaurants in Seattle. Some pho restaurants have good pho but are lacking in other ways so Pho Viet Anh grabs the spotlight for me because of this winning combination.

Pho Viet Anh on Urbanspoon

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