Oh me oh my, it has been quite some time since my last post. I’ve been a busy bee finishing up with my last few weeks of college but now education is behind me (for now) and I have entered the real world!
On one of the few evenings I managed to get out of college early, I decided it was high time to try Pho Viet on Parnell Street. I’m not an expert in Vietnamese food by any means, and as far as I’m aware this is one of the very few Vietnamese restaurants in Dublin. It was a Thursday evening at around 6ish, so we thought it would be quiet enough but we arrived and had to wait for a table! The place seemed quite chaotic, tables being moved around the place to accommodate for extra people, and it just seemed like they couldn’t handle the crowd well. From the outside it looks like there is just one level but we were shown to a table upstairs, which was in the middle of the room and I felt slightly in the way and on top of everyone. However, once the menu came I swiftly forgot about my woes.
The menu isn’t too varied, there is about 7 types of pho, all with beef cooked differently. There is also other types of noodle soup, and curry. Prices were extremely reasonable with €3 for most starters and about €8 mains. We ordered two portions of spring rolls for starter, one was a typical Vietnamese fresh roll “Goi Cuon” which is served cold, and we also ordered a typical fried spring roll. The fresh roll was filled with succulent king prawns and salad, wrapped in rice paper and served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce. I was super happy with this and could have eaten at least two portions! The deep fried version “cha gio” was very tasty, but nothing too mind blowing. The fresh rolls are definitely for me!
We waited quite a while for the mains, and were brought several other starters while we waited by mistake. I longed for more rolls and it was torture to send them away! I did feel terrible for the staff, as far as I could tell there was only 3 of them waiting on the whole restaurant, and they were running up and down the stairs like headless chickens. Eventually our mains arrived, a big comforting bowl of broth and beef and deliciousness. I couldn’t eat them quick enough with the beautiful chopsticks we had been provided with so had to hang my head in shame and ask for a knife and fork. WARNING, do not go here on a date or you will eat nothing! Lots of slurping is required.
My main of Bun Bo Hue was a (very) spicy broth with rice noodles, beef and pork sausage. I swapped this with my dads main after a while which was traditional Pho Tai Chin Nam (this is definitely an occasion where pointing to the menu is required to avoid self embarrassment) with rare flank steak and brisket and came with a cute side plate of beansprouts and chilli. The broth in both mains was absolutely divine. I also ordered a black coffee, which I have to say was one of the best coffees I have had in a while. I was given a sugar syrup which just added an extra layer of depth.
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This meal really hit the spot, and with a very generous tip came to €30 for two very hungry people. I will definitely be back. And it’s BYOB.