Saturday, March 24, 2007
Pho 2000, Saigon
This shop's claim to fame is the fact that Bill Clinton dined here some time ago, which in some ways worried me, since it seemed that they were playing off of that angle rather than the quality of the food itself. Indeed, this place is located smack in the middle of the city next to the big Ben Thanh Market, thus further suggesting to me that maybe this place spoke more about fashion over function. Nonetheless, the play worked, as it pulled us in here out of sheer curiosity. Would the food hold up though?
In general, yes. My pho bo dac biet arrived in a whopping sized bowl, complete with a (light) broth that was comparable to what I'm used to from back home, if you don't find it odd that I'm comparing a local dish to stuff from California. Sure, the meat balls were a bit smaller, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. They didn't bring out bean sprouts by default either, but in the end, this is the least that I would demand of a good refreshing bowl of pho, and it got inhaled pretty quickly as a result.
Anyway, that's all. I can mark that one as the third Bill Clinton restaurant for me then. What's next?
Digested at 8:53 PM
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