@ Outer Sunset, San Francisco
2511 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94116
This past weekend, I went to a wedding and drank a little too much. The whole day after, I didn’t feel too well. So what better way to cure a hangover than to have some good ol’ pho! I wanted to try somewhere different so I went on Yelp to search for a good Chicken Pho (Pho Ga) restaurant. Out of all the searches, I decided to go to Quan Ngon. It got pretty good reviews and a lot of the Yelpers were saying this was their favorite chicken pho place and some even dared to say it was better than Turtle Tower. So as I was driving there, I was pretty excited with hopes of finding a new go-to Chicken Pho restaurant.
When we arrived, there was only one person at the restaurant. We got there about 8:00pm on a Sunday night. We sat down and tea was served. My wife and I were hungry so we quickly ordered two Pho Ga’s and a spring roll. While we were waiting, the only waiter was cleaning the floors with a mop. A little disgusting since he was the only server there. I was just hoping he would wash his hands before serving us our food. After about 5-8 minutes, the bell rang from the kitchen, which meant our noodles were ready. I don’t think he ever washed his hands as he brought us our noodle soups. Fortunately, the bowls were big and his fingers were never close to the broth.
At first glance, the dish looked good (pictured above) and smelled delicious! Had all the right toppings such as cilantro’s, onions, jalapenos and lemon. The bowl was also huge too. Never been to a restaurant that specializes in Chicken Pho that serves such large portions. After putting in the lemon and jalapenos, I dove right in. I first tasted the broth and I was a little disappointed. It was a little on the bland side and didn’t have that kick I like in my broth. Next, I ate some of the noodles. Not bad. It was a little on the soggy side but still better than some places I’ve had. Lastly, I tasted the chicken and although it wasn’t too bad, it didn’t have much flavor to it. It was mostly dark meat, which I like, but it lacked the seasoning that Chicken Pho You‘s chicken has.
Overall, this place was a mediocre 6.5/10. Nothing stood out except for the big portions. I could barely finish my bowl and that says a lot. I think the whole bowl lacked some flavor. I’m not sure if it was a down day for them, because some restaurants have their inconsistencies from day to day, but I wasn’t overly excite about the pho after I left the restaurant. The waiter was nice even though I thought they should wait until the restaurant closes before mopping their floors. The service was quick but I probably won’t be coming back here anytime soon. However, if I was in the area and craving for some Pho Ga, I would try this place one more time.
Have you ever been to Quan Ngon? Do you feel the same way I do? Or is this one of your favorite Chicken Pho restaurants? Let me know with a comment below!