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“Only if you're curious but otherwise not worth the effort or the expense”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Pho Ta

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Pho Ta
Ranked #2,453 of 3,154 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Description: Great place for a nice, tasty and clean pho at very reasonable prices. A bit off the main center so you'll need to take a taxi there. Great find in Saigon
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Description: Great place for a nice, tasty and clean pho at very reasonable prices. A bit off the main center so you'll need to take a taxi there. Great find in Saigon
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Only if you're curious but otherwise not worth the effort or the expense”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

On previous occassions, we heard about this restaurant. It got a good write up abroad in Vietnamese community newspapers - so we thought, it's a must. On this visit, we stayed on Pasteur St in District 3, unbeknownst to us that Pho Ta was just up the road. So off we went.

The establishment looked nice from the outside and the interior setup seemed to be well-organised. We were excited! But, our excitement soon diminished as our order came out and we started eating. We ordered a variety of dishes from pho to roast pork to bun thit nuong and goi cuon. Visually, the dishes all looked fantastic, but everything was so bland and was totally devoid of any flavour. The servings were not all that large either. Considering the price difference between Pho Ta compared to street vendors and other locally run stalls, it definitely wasn't value for money, except if you consider it a priviledge to be dining in an air conditioned restaurant.

My advise is to save your money or hunt down another pho place. The best Pho is at my house, but the next best alternative (that I've tasted) is at Pho Hung. I think the closest one to Le Quy Don is on Cach Mang Tang Tam (CMT8) in D3 (near Ho Xuan Huong). If you're up for a taxi ride, the best Pho Hung outlet is in Phu My Hung (Korea town, D7) - every taxi driver knows where this is. If you're after a traditional Vietnamese rice dinner (com binh dan - everyday rice meal), head over to Com Minh Duc at 100 Ton That Tung, D1.

  • Visited December 2012
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canberra
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Learnt her craft in the US, so it BEEF HEAVY”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

So glad that Ky's ex-wife spent time in the States, cos it means she goes XL on the beef in her signature dish, the Phota "WE" (as in Madame WE). Massive generator outside means you wont ever be hot in this glasshouse showroom of a restaurent that is down the road from the most depressing musuem ever, the War Remnants...recoup, recover and reaffirm your faith at PhoTa

Visited July 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Pretty good pho”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

There pho is pretty good and they have a good variety of other vietnamese food. Limited vegetarian selection, but what they do have is good.

Visited June 2011
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