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4/5

Pho Vietnam

71 Rosmead Pl, Colombo


Pho serves up simple and healthy Vietnamese food.



Pho does affordable and, as far as we can tell, pretty authentic Vietnamese food. Their location on Thimbirigasyaya is also near a lot of other restaurants and shops in walking distance.

The Food


Pho has a simple one page menu. We'll start with their namesake dish, Pho. We tried the beef variety (Rs. 650). They also have chicken. Honestly, our overall impression was that it tasted fresh and healthy but a bit bland. You could address this by putting chili and lime into it, but why. Besides that you get a good amount of meat and noodles, but the noodles and broth don't really have much of a punch to them.

Going back a bit, the spring rolls (Rs. 350) were a nice starter. They were crispy and well stuffed with shiitake mushroom, black fungus, chicken, prawn and vegetables. The best thing was the dip, what we think is called nuoc cham. It's a nice mix of fish sauce, lime, salt and sugar. it's a sweet and sour kinda dip and we ended up using it for everything.

Our favorite main was the crab glass noodles (Rs. 800). This had a really generous amount of crab and veg throughout. Again we found it a wee bit bland for our taste, but dipping it in the nuoc cham sorted that out. We'd say this is pretty good value.

Location


Pho has a great location. It's actually tucked behind Thimbirigasyaya Road, just up from Havelock Road, next to Calorie Counter. This neighborhood actually has a really high concentration of eateries - JU Udumbara, Shaze, Kami Maki, Hazari's, etc.

The interior is simple but nice. The building is three stories but right now only the first floor is open. Everything is simply but nicely furnished. They also have a bit of an outdoor eating area.

The Service

Our service was prompt and nice and stuff came out fast. We think the owner(s) are actually Vietnamese but the staff that served us were Sri Lankan.

Conclusion

Pho serves up simple and healthy Vietnamese food. It's not as flavorful as we'd like, but they're very new and we think they'll improve. As it the food is affordable and the location is simple, central and nice.


TIP

There is parking for about three vehicles inside.

Address

71 Rosmead Pl, Colombo

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Open 10 to 11 PM, Closed On Mondays

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Cuisine

Vietnamese

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4

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2

1/5

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bam_boo_sten

If there was a spice called ‘zero taste’ this place has an exclusive on it. Every dish we tried was bland and boring…and limp. The dishes are apparently having an identity crises as they felt like a poor mix of the most simple Asian dishes from the region. Is it Thai? Indonesian? Malay?! Oh yeah there’s no taste to it so it’s impossible to tell. Classifying this as Vietnamese though is a gross stretch of the imagination, or it could qualify as false advertising. If you really enjoy Vietnamese food, don’t disappoint yourself with a visit here.

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5/5

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Duminda

Absolutely love this place.

G
9

4/5

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GayanP

It's just like eating street food in Vietnam. Even the tattered menus look just the same. The choice is limited and communicating with the Vietnamese staff is a challenge. The food arrives very fast and as and when each dish is ready.

They don't serve alcohol but you can bring in your own bottles corkage free. However as communication is an issue, once the order is placed they bring it on straight away even though you have asked for a 20 minute delay to sip the drinks.

I suppose the only place in Colombo for Vietnamese coffee. The coffee is not as strong as in Vietnam but its still Robusta coffee and the flavour is distinct.

This restaurant is quite inconspicuous and we discovered it only when we came in search of the so called Moroccan restaurant Tajine which is located above this restaurant. Tajine was abandoned; no diners and no waiters. The owner had locked himself up with a cat in the front room. He was more keen about us shutting the door than welcoming us. So we came downstairs and discovered this place.

See the photos for their offerings and prices

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2

1/5

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bam_boo_sten

If there was a spice called ‘zero taste’ this place has an exclusive on it. Every dish we tried was bland and boring…and limp. The dishes are apparently having an identity crises as they felt like a poor mix of the most simple Asian dishes from the region. Is it Thai? Indonesian? Malay?! Oh yeah there’s no taste to it so it’s impossible to tell. Classifying this as Vietnamese though is a gross stretch of the imagination, or it could qualify as false advertising. If you really enjoy Vietnamese food, don’t disappoint yourself with a visit here.

D
3

5/5

0

Duminda

Absolutely love this place.

G
9

4/5

1

GayanP

It's just like eating street food in Vietnam. Even the tattered menus look just the same. The choice is limited and communicating with the Vietnamese staff is a challenge. The food arrives very fast and as and when each dish is ready.

They don't serve alcohol but you can bring in your own bottles corkage free. However as communication is an issue, once the order is placed they bring it on straight away even though you have asked for a 20 minute delay to sip the drinks.

I suppose the only place in Colombo for Vietnamese coffee. The coffee is not as strong as in Vietnam but its still Robusta coffee and the flavour is distinct.

This restaurant is quite inconspicuous and we discovered it only when we came in search of the so called Moroccan restaurant Tajine which is located above this restaurant. Tajine was abandoned; no diners and no waiters. The owner had locked himself up with a cat in the front room. He was more keen about us shutting the door than welcoming us. So we came downstairs and discovered this place.

See the photos for their offerings and prices

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