Consistently voted the best Vietnamese restaurant by local newspaper readers, this neighborhood gem in Kaimuki serves great pho , the North Vietnamese ... More
Consistently voted the best Vietnamese restaurant by local newspaper readers, this neighborhood gem in Kaimuki serves great pho , the North Vietnamese noodle soup that is a staple of many Asian diets. Other favorites include light imperial rolls, savory curries and a mean catfish stew. The gentle peach decor in the dining room is a step up from typical Vietnamese establishments in Chinatown. The service is efficient and helpful.
Was recommended by a local as the best Pho/Vietnamese place in town. Thurs eve at 7:30 required about 30 minute wait for party of 4 (found out that they do take reservations so call ahead if you go).
$5.95 for cocktails, pretty good frozen marg. For appetizer the fried Imperial Rolls were very tasty with the whole lettuce wrap setup. The salad w/fried shrimp (deveined with shell on) and green onions was OK.
For dinner, Vietnamese plates - BBQ beef and BBQ pork were both pretty tasty with chopped peanut, lemongrass, etc, and worth the wait. I'd eat those again.
The Pho was a bit of a dissapointment. While it had plently of meat it was not very hot and came with lemon instead of lime. Whenever eating Pho at a new place I always sample the broth first before adding anything, since that really is the heart of the dish. The broth was different than I am used to - with hints of basil/mint flavor. Maybe that is the chef's approach to making a unique Pho broth but I prefer the more traditional broth.
In summary the atmosphere was ok, food was good overall, but the Pho did not stand out compared to many of Vietnamese restaurants I've eaten at, especially around San Jose, CA.
What ever you do don't step on their toes! We had two people cancel at the last minute from our party of eight. We arrived slightly before our reservation and informed the restaurant of the change. They had to rearrange the tables because of the change, and were clearly incensed. We were treated to poor service; soggy, oily, undercooked Imperial rolls; and generally poorly cooked food (compared to previous visits) undoubtedly because of our faux pas. Not very generous behavior on the part of the staff.
This was a great place! I went to Hale Vietnam about 4 or 5 days ago. We were promptly seated and ready to take our orders. They brought the food very quickly. The waiters/waitresses and hosts/hostesses were polite and were able to give me recommendations. I highly recommend this place to anyone who happens to be around the Waikiki or Honolulu area. Since it's a little far from downtown and the beach, it's much cheaper! It's in the Kaimuku area; just take The Bus #303 and get off at around 12th & Waialae or Koko Head Ave & Harding/Waialae.
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