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The words “Vietnamese Cuisine” are painted on the door and are included but not necessary on the Pho & Grill menu.
The origin of the food results from the bowls and plates in front of those already eating, from the inhalation of aromas and from the packets with chopsticks at the few empty tables. While the menu at this humble restaurant in Cinema Point Plaza focuses on its namesake, there’s still plenty of variety when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine.
Pho, a rich broth made with rice noodles, comes in three sizes ($ 7.50; $ 8.50, $ 9.50). 22 possible variations range from rare to well-made grilled meats, seafood, chicken, meatballs, vegetables and tofu. Regulars seem to know they need to order by the menu letter / number rather than the ingredient. (We were initially confused when our server repeated our order as P2, P21, B3 and C2.)
While this sounds like math language, we started with A4 and A8: grilled shrimp spring rolls and crab rangoon. What sets the former apart from egg rolls is the thin, transparent rice paper wrappers that are usually not fried. Ours were filled with hearty pieces of shrimp and fresh vegetables, including bean sprouts, shredded carrots, and lettuce. Peanut sauce is served on the side for dipping.
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Restaurant: Pho & Grill
Address: 3357 Cinema Point
Contact: 597-1541; facebook.com/phoandgrillcolorado/
Restaurant character: Vietnamese cuisine with a casual, friendly atmosphere
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 forks
Eat: 4.25 out of 5 forks
Ambience: 3.5 out of 5 forks
Service: 4 out of 5 forks
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Appetizers: $ 7.50 – $ 10.75
Credit Cards: Yes
Vegan options: No
Outdoor dining: No
Gluten free options: No
Wireless Internet access: No
What’s online from June 12th:
• 6.3 out of 10 based on 9 votes on Foursquare
• 4.5 out of 46 reviews on TripAdvisor
• 3.8 out of 5 based on 19 votes on Zomato
• 4 out of 5 stars based on 133 reviews on Yelp
Excellent rating May 17th from El Paso County Public Health
P2, also known as rare steak, is one of the most popular photos according to our server. Thin slices of steak actually continue to cook in the hot beef broth. So unless done very well, it makes sense that the rare option should be so popular.
Pho would literally not be complete with the plate with fresh Thai basil, lime slices, coriander, bean sprouts and jalapeño. The table was also filled with several condiments like soy sauce and sriracha for added flavor. The best thing about Pho: It’s all a matter of taste.
P21, the vegetable and tofu version, contains a product section with fresh carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peas and onions as well as small triangles of tofu. The broth is milder and clearer than the traditional one. Jalapeño and Sriracha have helped.
Fresh rice noodles are part of most starters, not just the pho. It makes sense that they are part of the vermicelli bun (noodle bowl), with multiple protein options. We opted for grilled chicken ($ 9.75), though the egg bun bowl ($ 9.75) and house special ($ 10.75) caught on. The latter combines chicken, beef, pork, egg rolls, and shrimp. After trying the chicken, sliced it into slices with perfect characters and a subtle soy sauce based marinade, I was not disappointed. Still, I look forward to trying other varieties.
Pasta bowls are a combination of meat with lettuce, cucumber, carrots and coriander. The fish sauce added a sweet and salty element to the dish.
Rice plates are the deviation. The same combination of grilled meat, shrimp, and egg rolls is served with rice instead of pasta. The pork ($ 9.75) was dry and our least favorite. A small bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes, shredded carrots, and cucumbers did little to improve the plate.
My advice: stick to the dishes with the pasta.
The service is attentive. It seemed like every member of staff came by our table at least once to either deliver food, refill water glasses, or remove empty dishes.
Pho & Grill feels like a calm refuge from all the activity at popular Cinema Point Plaza.
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