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.
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