Viet Inn Traditional Vietnamese Cuisine
To whomever it was that recommended this place: good call! This was a pleasant surprise (49 Circular Road, 6536-1847). They pretty much did at least the bare minimum - if not more - of what I would expect from a Vietnamese place, including the big bowls for the pho and the lime juice made from scratch, complete with a long spoon to stir up the grains of sugar (none of that pre-made crap...next time I should see if they can use soda water too). The broth was light and piping hot, and it all came out super speedy like it should. They're also open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, which makes it a convenient post-Boat Quay drinking snack, assuming you're not out too late. Nice one.
No, it wasn't all perfect. The selection of beef cuts for the pho were a bit limited, and oddly they neglected to bring me bean sprouts and such too until I asked for them. But this place was indeed better than most of the other selections around town, and has pretty much leapt to the head of my list of Vietnamese spots in Singapore. Then again, I've been eating so much Vietnamese lately that admittedly I'm getting a bit sick of it (I guess there really is quite a selection of Vietnamese food around here - and there's still a couple more that I haven't tried yet). Well, again, a big thanks for this recommendation.