Pho Thin Bo Ho
61 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem
VND50,000 to VND70,000
There’s a place with the same name on Lo Duc, which makes it confusing to some diners, since the pho at this joint is traditional pho bo — not the sautéed version you get in Lo Duc. A food stand against the wall of a small alley, the broth here is clear, light and slightly sweet thanks to braised bones and good seasoning. The steak is tender and rich in taste. The noodles are also as good as the meat. Onion and herbs spice up the broth. The condiments are good — delicious garlic vinegar and chilli sauce. 8 out of 10 for overall taste.
For some diners, the joint feels quite clean compared to its alley context. Yet, some feel that hygiene here may be an issue. “Its context creates an old and traditional feeling, relaxed and chilled,” said Shay. To me, it was over-priced.