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“Best Place for Pho Thin” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pho Thin

Pho Thin
13 Pho Lo Duc | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi 04, Vietnam
438212709
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Ranked #42 of 1,014 Restaurants in Hanoi
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night
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“Best Place for Pho Thin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via Local Picks

Highly recommended for anyone visiting Hanoi. It is always crowded for a reason and it is the taste. You can't miss this. The bowl of full Pho (rice noodles) and stir-fried beef in garlic, tenderloin and few herbs, hot soup. Well, you have to try it yourself!

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“First Class Pho”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Great street style atmosphere, it gives you a taste of the real city. With only one dish on the menu, they can't get it wrong. The rest of the crowd makes the place, and the Beef Pho hits the spot for those that want a real taste of local cuisine. It beats the rest. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Hanoi.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Less is More Part 54 - An Absolute Original”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Pho Bo or Pho Bo Tai (rare version) I have tasted aplenty. And I have always asserted that HCMC (Pho Hoa on Pasteur) was the very best until.........

The southern and northern forms of Pho Bo have subtle differences. I have found that the south tends to use more varied fresh herb condiments and vegetables with a clearer broth while the northern version has a richer deeper flavored soup base, less herbs and more meat.

Pho Thin adds another twist to the preparation by browning the meat first with garlic in a scorchingly hot wok. This step renders a WONDERFUL SMOKINESS to the thinly sliced tenderloin before it is added to the rice noodles as the last topping. Pho Thin is very generous with their meat and at 40,000 dong per bowl, its a deal that is hard to resist. After tossing in fresh chillies, thinly sliced spring onions and a squeeze of lime, its a taste that impossible to resist.

The narrow shop on Lo Duc is way south of the Old Quarters in a 'newer' part of town not too far from Cho Hom (market). The gigantic blackened soup pots sits on flaming stoves right at the front of the shop. It is not a pretty sight and inside the messy floors strewn with tissue, squeezed lime and toothpicks add to the unsightliness. But (breakfast) crowds clearly don't come here to enjoy the aesthetics (although I personally feel that the 'unsightliness' adds to the charm).

REALLY NOT TOO BE MISSED.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not the "best" but tasty”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Pho was tasty but different from what I'm used to in Australia -- maybe this is true Hanoi style? :)

Went there around 3pm and the place was quiet -- plenty of seating! Place was dirty e.g., tissues all over the floor and sauces in jars on the table tops did not look appetising at all so didn't touch those...

Don't expect any service here! We rocked in and sat down only to find everyone paying at the door on the way in -- oops! Anyway like everyone says... there's no menu! They only serve one dish which came promptly soon after!

In any case, cheap bowl of still tasty pho ($45,000 VND)! Also tried the deep fried bread sticks ($10,000 VND) but they were a little stale so didn't finish them :(

Worth a try but I'm sure you can find better!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Vietnamese Beef Pho - Must Try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Had lunch here with 10 colleagues, they serve only beef pho as well as dough sticks (you tiao). Add a dash of lime juice, spice it up with chili sauce or pickled chili. Dining area quite crowded, cleanliness will need some getting use to if you are not used to local conditions, but definitely worth trying it!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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