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The place looks very cool and I was happy I found it. But once I received my food I cant be more disappointed. I ordered Green Noodles and hardly there is any other ingredient than noodles in it. Noodles are overcooked and there were couple...of pieces of chicken. Unfortunately I had to throw almost half of it. Avoid this place!More
We stopped by here to grab a bite. It is a pretty basic setup with fresh asian food to eat in or take away in a food box. The service and prices were also very good. The pad thai is highly recommended.
Belgrade is littered with numerous truly crappy restaurants of all types of world cuisines but this seems to be particularly true when it comes to Asian food. Or maybe that's exaggerated for me because I'm a huge experienced fan of Southeast Asian food and especially...street food.
We were sent to this joint on a Pad Thai recommendation. But I can only speak about the two soups on the menu – Tom Yum and Pho Bo. That's all we attempted to eat.
There's is nothing "yum" about the Thai soup nor anything "beau" about the Vietnamese one. At least the Tom Yum (even though it's really TOM KHA!!! nobody told them, I guess) has an acceptable coconutty flavor. I'm not going to talk about the few tiny chunks of chicken that came with it.
The Pho is equally ridiculously thin in ingredients. Apart from having zero connection to anything that you can have on just about any corner in Vietnam, it has some local ingredients that take this so-called soup in a whole new direction.
First, there is this basil that has no smell whatsoever. Its heavenly perfume is an important element in many Asian dishes. Or at least I couldn't smell or taste anything basil about it – only faulty (nudge nudge). What I could smell over everything was this killer herb! A horrible mint that after cooking smells totally chemical! To me, that smelled like that blue or green gooey stuff that you pour on the inside of your toilet bowl and let it sit for a while to give your john a nice wave of freshness. I think it's a scent very similar to that one except that it seems to work for my crapper and not phor my phake pho! No need to mention that the broth was green and nasty looking with no discernable flavor to it.
That thing totally ruined this already flavorless experience. Luckily my wife let me finish the few spoonfuls left of her tom yum (I mean KHA) so at least I was able to neutralize that God awful aftertaste from my mouth and nostrils.
I had a similar un-experience at the nearby Istok. The problem with Belgrade is that most folks haven't traveled much or far and are completely clueless about what certain foods should taste like. As long as that's the case, there will be nobody to boycott these places. On the one hand, I kinda envy these folks because they can still eat sushi and soups like these and have a fun evening out in Belgrade. But on the other hand, I had the absolute pleasure of adding my own tears of pleasurable joy to quite a few bowls of pho bo (and ga) all over Vietnam and I wouldn't trade those experiences for any level of blissful ignorance. However, to live happily in a country such as Serbia, being clueless is a great advantage.
Avoid if you know this food. Good luck if you don't.More