This Pho eatery, along the Bui Vien backpackers stretch, used to be called Pho Vin, but the now it is Pho Ba La. It serves a few versions of Pho, all using different cuts of beef. You can also decide on the portion size you require. We ordered one Pho Tai Nam (Rare – Flank) and one Pho Gau Gan (Brisket – Soft Tendon). Both were delicious. Compared to Pho Thanh Canh, this eatery is probably more catered to the tourist pallette, and also has a wider variety of drinks on offer. All in all, it is a great place to hang out and chill!
Pho Tai Nam (Normal Size) VND55,000 – Rating 7/10
Pho Gau Gan (Normal Size) VND55,000 – Rating 8/10
Iced Milk Coffee VND18,000 – Rating 7/10
Passionfruit Juice VND20,000 – Rating 6/10
Overall Experience – 8/10
We were looking for a good Pho to undo the damage caused by last night’s disappointing visit to the Royal Saigon Restaurant. We decided to try out this humble looking Pho eatery just around the corner from Pullman Saigon Centre where we were putting up. This seemed like a place targeted more at locals rather than tourists and we felt that this would mean a more authentic Pho. We ordered the Pho Bo which came with all the standard vegetables and spices and it certainly didn’t disappoint. At least a million times better than the Pho last night! The soup was tasty from the spices and not artificially salted up. The bill came up to VND62,000 for one bowl of Pho Bo, which is on the pricy side, but at least it tasted nice! Rating – 8/10