Pho Bar solved many a beef noodle soup woe when it strode into town at the beginning of the year, drawing in the crowds to its small storefront on Li Yuen Street with the bubbling vats of slowboiled beefy broth. Be prepared to queue a good half hour for lunch—but it’ll be worth the wait once you’re presented with the steaming bowl simmering with just-cooked tender beef, fresh mint and coriander, springy rice noodles, chopped chilis and a thin layer of oil on top for that rich mouth-feel. The sides also arrive piping hot and delicious, from crispy fried spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce to house chicken wings lathered in spicy chipotle mayo. At $68 a bowl, the prices are unbeatable for a hearty lunch spot in Central.
24 Li Yuen St. West, Central, 2109-2028.