Eating at Pho Nhu Vu shows you that Delawareans will eat any kind of crap that you put in front of them, think it is good and pay for it too. Having been born and raised in NYC, where i also trained and worked as a chef, I have had numerous experiences with the typical Delaware restaurant. (Cr)Applebee's and Famous Dave's are a gustatory delight when compared to Pho Nhu Vu. Even the more typical Chinese buffet would have been a pleasure and the food in them bears little resemblance to true Chinese food. My husband, while having been raised in Scotland, can also recognise garbage when it is served to him. We chose our one and only visit as take away.
Having just eaten earlier in the week at Philadelphia's Vietnam Restaurant, we were in the mood for more Vietnamese food. Enter Pho Nhu Vu. It was close by and had some radically mixed reviews. Not for no reason, as we found out the hard way.
We had beef stuffed grape leaves at $5.95 for five of them: we were given 4. This dish is usually stuffed with lamb. They are not worth even $2.00. They were accompanied by an insipid sauce. We both had the brisket and steak pho, for $7.95 each. They give you the skimpy thin sliced meat raw: you get to mix it into the pitifully small amount of noodles cilantro and onions. A separate bag contains the tiny wedges of lime and what appeared to be very old bean sprouts and what seemed to be some tired mint. The broth has very little taste to speak about: perhaps they waved a star anise above it for flavour. the broth was hot enough to "cook" the meat though.
To summarise: drive into Philadelphia and get real Vietnamese food. Don't waste your hard earned money and upset your stomach by eating at Pho Nhu Vu. You don't have to be a lemming Delarwarean.
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