New Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant II
1529 6th Ave, Seattle (Downtown)
Despite the many similarities between Vancouver and Seattle, such as traffic and weather, there are still differences that distinguish the 2 cities. For one, the restaurant scenes in downtown are totally different between the 2 cities. Vancouver has any type of restaurant and cuisine you can imagine, while it was hard to find a non-chain restaurant in downtown Seattle to grab a quick bite. Or maybe I just didn't know where to look. Since we only had less than a hour to dine, and wasted about 15 minutes trying to find something to eat, so the minute we spotted a pho restaurant, we decided that was it.
New Saigon was actually located in the basement, because the minute you walk in the door, you are faced with stairs. We were greeted by the server, who did not even smile once during our time there. First came the veggie plate for the pho. The bean sprout were fresh, but there wasn't a lot, consider we ordered 3 bowls of pho. However they were definitely not stingy with the basil and they were very fresh too. Some place in Vancouver have stop serving basil altogether (inflation?).
I ordered the rare beef with tendon pho (#5 for $6.95). The soup was good, not as meaty as I would like it to be, but it wasn't too watery either. The beef slices were tender, but the tendon could be cooked a bit longer. The noodle were a nice al dente texture.R went with the chicken pho (#13 for $6.95). Just from the photo, you can already tell the soup base was different. His soup was less meaty and more clear. This also translated into a more watery soup compare to mine. The shredded chicken was okay, it wasn't too dry, but it had no taste either.
Granted it wasn't the best pho in the world, but it was certainly decent. Also it's location was rather convenient and it was quick. As many people know, pho restaurants are not necessarily the cleanest places around, but this one wasn't bad at all. It was rather clean, but just a little dark. Overall, I would consider coming back.