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Superbowl Pho 5603 E. Washington Street

Well we went back to Irvington to try a new Vietnamese joint that opened right next to Batters. They have a restaurant in Westfield, by the same name and evidently business is good.

Like most Asian places around here they have excellent lunch specials all in the sub $7 range and all come with a choice of egg roll, spring roll or soup. To start things off we decided on a fish cake appetizer for 6 bucks.

These are shredded fish and potato cakes and are pretty good. They have a nice flavor with the slightest hint of spice on the back-end. They have an odd texture. By odd I don’t mean off-putting or gross I merely mean it is unique to me. I enjoyed them but I think I would have liked a more assertive sauce. They served a Mae Ploy sauce; that ubiquitous bottled sweet chili that is so popular. It is a fine sauce just rather sweet for these cakes.

After our app we got our spring rolls. I prefer spring rolls over egg rolls possibly because they aren’t fried.

These were big, nicely constructed and full of “stuff”. One complaint is the peanut sauce. Too thick and too sweet. It was like a little dish of pudding. However that is a very small complaint compared to the size of the spring roll.

Pat chose from the stir fry section of the special menu.

I had to go with Pho. I mean the place has Pho in its name. Normally I would get a beef Pho. Thin slices of raw beef in the broth. However this time I thought I would be adventurous and go with meatball . Asian meatballs are different from Western meatballs in that the meat is pounded not minced and adding fish to the beef and, or pork is not uncommon. Every bowl of Pho must have a plate of garishment.

This plate was a bit light compared to some Pho I have had. It consisted of a lime wedge, 2 jalapeno slices some basil and a whole bunch of mung bean sprouts.

This was a very good bowl of food. I would be happy to try it again if I were in the area and hackering for a Pho fix. The food is not so unique as to make this a destination. However if your normal joint is getting boring give this a try. Or if you are in the Irvington area for some of the Christmas festivities give it a try. If I lived here I would be ecstatic that they moved in. Just one more option for lunch or dinner.

4 responses

  1. These look like magazine pictures today, even if Pat wasn’t in love with the bell peppers. That’s the problem with Asian food–I never get all the veggies I want with my meat, so I just have to pick the closest item to what I’d prefer. The spring roll does look great. Now pho I’ve had at several places and just don’t get why people love it so much. I like all the extras but never rave about the broth. I like that you wrote “garishment” LOL. Garish garnishes! What would have made the pho there better? More spice? More stock?

    December 18, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    • Now that is a good question. I think more meatballs and more noodles would improve the dish. Also add a few more chiles and some cilantro to the “garnishes”. Of course with the additions you could turn a $6 bowl into a $9 bowl. So the poor owner doesn’t have a chance. As for the pics. Thanks. Trust me it all depends on the light.

      December 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

  2. Hmm, I like the pho, as you know. I like that this is a $6 bowl and smaller. The one I order has ‘all the fixins’ but it’s too much for me, and I think it’s about $10. Often, Sassy and I share it.
    The roll looks fantastic, as does the stir fry.
    Great photos these days, too!

    December 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    • Thanks. With my phone camera it is all about the light.

      December 25, 2017 at 9:03 am

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