Pho Pho Pho Noodle Kitchen + Bar
Glenwood South is about to become even better than ever before! The owner of Sushi Blues is opening a second restaurant in the place where Oryx used to be located. It’s a relatively quaint spot, but with the changes they’ve made, it has enough character to make the space work very well. They will be opening up very soon (the word this past weekend was Thursday, pending no additional weather challenges). They had their soft openings this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and I was lucky enough to have a chance to check it out.
The space is decorated with giant chalk boards with details from the menu and some other really beautiful drawings.
The bar staff noted that all of the items from the menu aren’t listed on the wall, just a few suggestions and explanations. The other items will be on menus, which were not quite ready for the soft opening. We were told there would be (of course) Pho, Banh Mi, spring rolls, summer rolls, chicken wings, Bun Bo Hue (a noodle dish) and Ramen along with other specials and traditional dishes.
They have one of the most amazing drink menus!
We started with the Ginger swizzle (front – bourbon, lemon juice, ginger, mint and bitters) and the Soju Martini (thyme, lemon, ginger, and soju). Both were mixed expertly by the bartender.
For round two, we had the Pink Lotus (front – domaine de canton, grapefruit juice and prosecco) and the Orchid (cilantro vodka, mango and lime juices and hot sauce). The hot sauce made me a little nervous upon first hearing about it, but it was not at all overpowering.
My dinner companion decided to sample one of the Vietnamese beers they had on the menu. She enjoyed it quite a bit…but I thought it tasted like a lager of which I am not a fan.
My final beverage was recommended by the lovely bartender. It was a Manhattan made with Japanese whisky, called Hibiki. He was kind enough to allow me to sample both of the Japanese whiskys that they offer…of which I am now a humongous fan. They have a woody flavor, like a scotch, with a smooth drinkability like a whisky. The manhattan was made perfectly! I will never enjoy a manhattan the same since tasting that one.
On to the food! They offered a sample of many of the items they will feature on the menu. Which was my favorite? Yeah, I don’t know that I can make that decision. The summer rolls were light and fresh, made with crab and egg, rice noodles, basil and cilantro. They were so tasty! They were served with a few options of sauces, including fish sauce and peanut sauce, which both had great flavor.
The pan seared pork dumplings were delicious. The filling had a bit of a sweetness to it and it went very well with the dumpling dipping sauce.
The chicken wings were presented next. They had a sweet tomato based wing sauce. I don’t know that I’d say they were my favorite wings, but I really enjoyed them.
The Bun was absolutely amazing. The bowl was filled with rice noodles, carrots, diakon, chicken, cilantro and bean sprouts and topped with a delicious fish sauce and peanuts. The bowl was presented beautifully! BUT I devoured it almost as quickly as I sat down with it.
The spring rolls came out next. They were stuffed with pork and fried perfectly! The dough was just cooked enough that the inside had a bit of a soft texture, while the outside was crispy and golden brown.
The final dish presented was a beef carpaccio. The meat was tender and seasoned with a rice vinegar mix that went well with the tomatoes as well. I wasn’t quite sure what the green stem was, but it tasted delicious with the other ingredients.
All in all, I’d have to say that I am so excited about the opening of Pho Pho Pho. I loved all of the times presented to us and can’t wait to see what other delicious creations they have on the real menu. I was also told they will have some dessert choices! I’m not certain what the prices will be, but I’m not too concerned. The food was so good that I’m sure it will be worth every penny.