Based off about a million reviews of this place, we also decided to try the Cha Gio (#2) $4.25, Crispy Pork Spring Rolls. This was delicious, but very greasy.
Being one of the few people who has not tried pho I had to order these famed dish that everyone seems to be obsessed with. They have appetizer portions for only $4.95 so I decided on the Chicken Pho (#17) traditional Vietnamese soup consisting of rice noodles in a beef broth seasoned with star anise, cinnamon and cloves served with basil, bean sprouts and lime. This was pretty good, but according to pho expert Jessie, it lacked some depth that other phos have.
For her meal, L ordered the Bun Gun Chio Chay (#138) $7.95 crispy vegetarian spring rolls served with rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, chopped mint, basil and peanuts. She said the rolls were perfectly fried and were a nice compliment to the noodles in the dish.
Jessie ordered the Thit Heo Kho Tieu (#86) $13.95 caramelized pork with black pepper in a clay pot served with jasmine rice. She didn't like the dish, but I thought the flavors were different, but good and the meat was quality again, no funky pieces.
Instead of getting my usual fried rice (always a safe and usually delicious bet) I decided to go outside the box and try Banh Uot Bo Nuong (#53) $10.95 grilled lemongrass beef served with steamed rice crepes, steamed bean sprouts, chopped mint, basil, peanuts and cucumbers. The beef was cooked perfectly, there were no grisly bits and the flavor was really good. My only complaint with this dish is the execution/how you are suppose to eat it with the "crepes." They just fell apart, not allowing you to be able to stuff it, so I just scrapped them altogether and at the meat and veggies mixed together.
Because we clearly didn't have enough to eat for out meal, we decided to order dessert too. Mango Sorbet $6.50 and Lychee Ice Cream $6.50. These were both really good but the Lychee ice cream was the clear winner. It was light and flavorful, a perfect dessert to end the meal.