Irvine Gets Three New Pho Shops

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Edwin Goei
At my count, Irvine has about eight pho/Vietnamese restaurants. Before long, this number will increase to 11, with new entrants La Pho in Quail Hill, Pho Saigon Pearl at Diamond Jamboree, and Pho So 1 in Westpark.

La Pho and Pho Saigon Pearl are already open; Pho So 1 plans to debut soon. 


La Pho looks to have the smallest footprint of the three, taking over the space left by a failed Tutti Frutti frozen-yogurt shop at the Quail Hill Shopping Center. Pho Saigon Pearl assumed the large dining room of the Greek restaurant that came before it at Diamond Jamboree. Last Friday, the new restaurant had a line five parties deep.

Pho So 1 is located at the former site of Goro, the long-lived sushi restaurant that folded this summer, and out of the three pho shops, it is the only one affiliated with a larger chain. Other Pho So 1s dot the San Fernando Valley.

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Rachelbrister
Rachelbrister

Did you ever find time to try Pho King Way on Alicia and/or Pho Than Binh in San Clemente?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I forget which days and times they offer the cheap bowl of pho -- anyone remember?

JB
JB

Let's show some love for sundubu jjigae!  Hashigo Korean Kitchen (Bristol + Paularino, Costa Mesa) hits the spot...I like the octopus variety...but speaking of Irvine and Diamond Jamboree, I had a great bowl at BCD one dark night. 

Seriously, I can't get excited about pho places when 9 out of 10 of them are just...mehhh.  It's like in Philadelphia...you can get cheesesteaks everywhere (even diners), but there's only a handful that are edible, and only one -- Geno's -- that is sex on a crusty Italian roll.   

909Jeff
909Jeff

Whats your veerdict on Pho Bac on Barranca just east of Culver?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

It's gone down for a while now.  The first few years they were open, they had crystal clear broth which is a treat around these parts; now, it's cloudy like typical S. Viet. pho.  :(

909Jeff
909Jeff

Whats your Pho spot?  

909Jeff
909Jeff

So the Hanoi Dawoo Hotel is up the 5 to the 22 west exit brookhurst right? 

I joke... I was promised a trip to Vietnam once int he late 90's that never panned out.  Insted we went to Singapore and my travel companions were not as culinarily adventurous as I... First night there we went to Hooters.  Need I tell you how anti-climatic the Singapore hooters was?!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

That's a tough question.  My favorite PHO in the whole wide world is breakfast at the Hanoi Daewoo Hotel.  Perfectly crystal clear broth, so steaming hot, served to you by old grandmahs wearing their Sunday best.  I ate it every morning for 7 days.  Mmm...  It's slightly less strong compared to southern (cloudy broth) style pho and heavier on the star anise.  Gawd, it's phoking heaven.  My head is swirling, my mouth salivating just thinking about it. 

We've been hanging out at Pho Vinh KY lately -- as reported here, the fish pho is pretty good -- definitely worth trying. 

Also, Pho Bac Ky but only for the special price pho.  I went by accident when it was full price and it was not worth it.  Gotta get the discount bowl. 

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