Pho Bar

HK Magazine - - DINING -

Pho. 24-28 Li Yuen St. West, Cen­tral, 2109-2028. Since its open­ing, this tiny al­ley­way shop has been draw­ing in the pho-de­prived crowds for of­fer­ing some of the tasti­est and most au­then­tic bowls around.

HIT Tout­ing a mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist space, Pho Bar en­com­passes a row of con­crete coun­ter­top seat­ing fac­ing an open kitchen— an ar­range­ment that caters well to solo din­ers. The menu lets you cus­tomize your bowl, choos­ing your meat, condi­ments and noo­dles. Our bowl of pho had two out­stand­ing com­po­nents—the deeply con­cen­trated, slow-cooked broth; and the gen­er­ous amount of raw beef slices piled onto the bot­tom, which got just barely

MISS The “Bomb-Ass Chicken Karaage” wasn’t as ex­hil­a­rat­ing as its name might sug­gest: the chicken was over­cooked, al­though we did ap­pre­ci­ate the three dip­ping sauces on the side. The pho needed a kick of fresh­ness, which was reme­died by an ex­tra hand­ful of mint and basil leaves.

BOT­TOM LINE Qual­ity beef, af­ford­able prices, and a mor­eish menu of crispy sides has made Pho Bar one of the best new bud­get op­tions of the year.

Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm. $

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