This place has scaled down quite a bit from before. It used to be bigger and offered a more ambitious menu. Now, aside from a small section reserved for parties/ meetings (that can maybe seat 20-25), there are around 6 -7 tables in the main area that can seat four in each, snugly.
Staff are always friendly at this place, and this day Jerome and Ian were no different: quick to respond, attentive, accommodating. We must have consumed 3-4 kettles of house tea and still they kept replenishing and clearing our tables of used plates and utensils.
Food is always good, with vegetarian, meat and seafood options. You can choose dumplings and fresh/ fried rolls for appetizers, ranging from PhP 75- 202. The fresh rolls are served with a delicious peanut sauce. The ever popular banh mis are available in chicken, pork, sausage, liver pate at PhP 175. There are 12 Pho options from PhP 190 (classic varieties: chicken, beef) to 260 (seafood). The broth is always incredibly aromatic and wonderfully balanced- sweet, sour, salty all playing on your taste buds as you slurp. I can taste a hint of duck as well, although they discontinued their duck noodles from the menu.
The rice meal options did not look appetizing on menu, but my friend ordered the fish fillet and it was incredibly tasty, the butter flavor unmistakable, the fish itself absolutely crisp, providing a welcome contrast in texture to the hot rice.
The Vietnamese crepe (pork, shrimp, sprouts and veggies in rice flour crepe) was monstrous in size and could easily feed 3-4 people. At PhP 200+, it's definitely a steal.
Bill for two came to 600PhP+ with two appetizers and two mains. Not a bad deal. Drop by to find out why this place has managed to stay open all these years.