Known for home-cooked Vietnamese dishes, this restaurant features a huge selection of dishes: everything from shrimp rolls to saimin. It is the local ... More
Pho 97 Vietnamese Restaurant
Known for home-cooked Vietnamese dishes, this restaurant features a huge selection of dishes: everything from shrimp rolls to saimin. It is the local pick for the best Vietnamese restaurant in Honolulu. It is a small place that is always busy, so be prepared to wait for a table. Diners will find a pleasing variety of entrees, tempting desserts and the spicy Vietnamese soup called Pho .
This is a place that I and my companion stumbled upon while visiting Chinatown. We were both hungry and decided to take a chance on this establishment. We are glad that we did.
The business didn't have much atmosphere. However, the food made up for the lack of ambiance.
We had the beef tips with shrimp, the lemon chicken in sage leaves, and two of the bun dishes. All of the dishes had large portions with plenty of flavor. We also had the interesting looking shrimp spring rolls. The rolls were in an almost clear wrap. You could see the filling with the shrimp being highly visible. Only order one serving if there are only two of you. That will be more than enough for you.
Also, the patrons were surprisingly pleasant. One of their customers told us that she ate there at least once a week. She said that it was good food and cheaper than McDonald's. You know what? We agreed.
I would rate this place much higher but this place has failed me twice. The first incident was on the way to the restroom, you could see the entire kitchen operation and I notice vegetable that were already washed that were in draining containers but left on the cemented ground and so was other items like their meatballs, etc....it really bothers me just seeing foods on the ground instead on table tops. However, I still continue to go there until I found a hair in my soup....nasty! The owner apologize and brought over a new bowl but I already loss my appetite and she still charged me for the soup???
It's probably the best Vietnamese restaurant in Oahu. Their pho is the greatest in Oahu (not To Chau, sorry !!). However, all the food here is great !! Also, the staff here are very friendly and helpful as well, and the environment is really nice.