Last June, we went to Pho Linh (325 East Broadway). Following our meager showing last month, this time the club came out en-masse with nine members! Including the littlest PHOllower.
The pho had really good portions – definitely more beef than noodles in each of our bowls. However, we found that the beef brisket & flank were very tough, and the tendons, although soft, were broken up into small pieces. This stuff was definitely overcooked! However, the beef balls were okay. But you can never overcook those. The broth was fairly light, with low MSG, but it was rather peppery. Overall the presentation was notably good. The sides were a bit limited, although it included bean sprouts, basil, and a single lonely lime. We looked at the lime, and then looked at each other, and then mentally began sizing up our chances of getting that lime wedge. It didn’t look good for most of us. Definitely not enough provided for so many people!
Service was slow. A spring roll order was messed up and generally slow to be brought out. Coffee orders were made, and then left on the counter. Although there was only one server for the whole restaurant, service didn’t look good. With 8 tables total, this place was just not ready to handle a large crowd. Sadly, when the spring rolls did finally arrive, they were large, with lots of filling, but not very flavourful.
On the plus side, the menus were entertaining.
Here’s our review of the Pho!
Sm: $6.45 Lg: $6.95
Beef: Overdone & broken up, balls were okay
Noodles: not commented
Broth: light and peppery
Presentation: 3.5 out of 4
Overall: 7 out of 10