Daily: 11:00 - 22:00
Pho Hoa restaurants specialize in naturally flavored, healthy and delicious soups. Each bowl of their soup is carefully prepared and accompanied with fresh coriander leaves, bean sprouts, hot chili peppers, lemon wedges and basil leaves.
Me and my friend walked into this restuarant with some conceptions that it might not be good. This is because we have been to the branch at Suntec City, and the soup was too salty and too thick. The other food items were similarly too salty.
However it's not the case here at all. Everything tasted nice and what I remembered from my experience eating at orange latern, but the prices are cheaper here.
However the service leaves much to be desired. The auntie store manager and chinese staff were very busy gossiping loudly while customers are having their food.
And the tables are very close to each other, so people can hear your conversations.
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A relatively enduring fixture of Holland Village, Pho Hoa was where I first had Vietnamese pho. The casual diner passes muster, but barely, and their price points are probably a huge factor in their staying power.
A word to the wise: bring lots of deodorant; Pho Hoa's poorly ventilated so fully expect to walk out reeking of the day-old frying oil and a mish-mash of bone stock.
1) Cha Gio ($6): decent flavour-wise, but seemed more like the usual Chinese spring rolls than a Vietnamese rice-paper wrap.
2) Bun Ga Nuong ($13.95) - a massive bowl of fresh vegetables and grilled chicken, sauced up with a salty dip: nice and refreshing as a salad of sorts
3) Pho Tai Bo Vien ($12.95): stock was full-bodied but also laden with MSG. At least the striploin was fresh, unlike the meatballs which were sub-par
4) Pho Ga ($11.95) - a clear chicken-based noodle soup: lighter than I'd expected, but still reeked of artificial MSG
Pho - the main dish tasted like instant pho noodle. Photos are misleading. Spring rolls were not even fresh. You can even saw the black spots clearly. Worst of all, it's 30% more expensive than other places like Nam Nam or Mrs Pho. There are many good eateries around Holland V which made me regret stepping into Pho Hoa.