October 1, 2007

West Hartford: Pho Boston

En route to a concert by Richard Shindell at U. of Hartford, dinner took place at Pho Boston in West Hartford. It touts itself as authentic Vietnamese cuisine. I haven't had very much of it, so I can't speak to its authenticity, but it sure was good.

Appetizers: Goi Cuon -- fresh spring rolls with mint, vermicelli, pork slices and shrimp served with peanut sauce. The last time I had spring rolls of this style was in Toronto and it had this huge salad exploding from it in order to give it height. This really didn't add to the experience. So, I'll pick the more authentic one because it was quite tasty. Also had Chim Cut Chien -- roasted quails. They were crispy and very tasty. I ate them with gusto.

Main Dishes: Sate Dac Biet -- AKA Pho Boston which was a special spicy sate with rare steak served in Vietnamese beef noodle soup. I only had one spoonful because this was Michael's entree, but it was very fragrant and rich. My entree was Ca Hap Gung -- steamed fish with ginger & scallion. The fish of the day was tilapia and they brought the whole thing with the head and tail still intact. It was so tender and flaky it fell apart on the plate. I ate the whole thing.

Drinks: Michael had iced Vietnamese coffee which tasted a little like really bitter coffee icecream. I had iced lemonade tea, which pretty much tastes like it sounds.

I would definitely eat here again. Probably for lunch on my next trip to A-Dong, the Asian grocery store in the same plaza.

Posted by Jennifer at October 1, 2007 7:35 PM | TrackBack

This place was great!

The goi cuon, which is a favorite of mine at Vietnamese restaurants, was excellent, and the chim cut chien were really good also.

It was actually my first time tackling a real bowl of pho, and their version definitely made me want to have it again (even if eating rice noodles from soup was a challenge for me). The taste of the ca hap gung that I had was quite good too, tender and flavorful.

I think I forsee this becoming one of my favorite restaurants.

Posted by: Michael at October 1, 2007 9:01 PM

Roger and I LOVE this place!

We have made it a habit to go there on Saturdays for a light, but always filling lunch.

We love the fresh spring rolls- and last weekend we tried the egg rolls. By far the best egg rolls I've ever had!

Posted by: Caitlin at January 10, 2008 9:38 AM
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