Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pho Vi Hoa--Los Altos, CA

It being a cold winter night, I went with my family for pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup. The twins always enjoy the chicken soup and my wife ordered one for herself as well. We appreciated that the noodles didn't stick together in one underdone clump (as can happen with regularity at Pho Queen) and the broth was flavorful. However, it seems that only Pho Lanh Long in Santa Clara can deliver the delicious broth, the fine noodles and tender chicken. Tonight's chicken, on the other hand, was as tough as leather.

So, unfortunately, was the beef in my eye round steak with tendon soup. In fact, I don't remember having pho with meat that was more chewy. Still, the broth was as it should have been and the noodles' consistency was just right.

The service was passable, but it did take longer than average for our order to be taken and for our soups to arrive. From sitting down to getting served was nearly 15 minutes--quite a wait in a pho restaurant, but relatively fast compared to sit-down restaurants in general.

4546 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 947-1290