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. $